Day 91: No let up in shutdown

Day 91: No let up in shutdown

Srinagar: Routine life continues to remain paralyzed for the 91th days in the Kashmir Valley. Public transport remains off the roads, shopkeepers remains shut except for the brief morning hours, and mobile internet and pre
paid phones remains suspended.
However the weekly flea market in the city was open on Sunday which offers a source of livelihood of lower middle class families.
An official said that weekly-flea market, locally known as ‘Sunday Market’ was open as several dozens of vendors had set-up their stalls on the TRC Chowk-Jehangir Chowk axis through the Lal Chowk city centre.
Private cars were plying unhindered and auto-rickshaws and few inter-district cabs were also seen plying in the city here and elsewhere in the valley, they said.
However, the other modes of public transport were off the roads, they added.
The official said while the situation across the valley so far was peaceful, the deployment of security forces continued in vulnerable areas of the city and elsewhere in the valley for maintaining law and order.
Landline and postpaid mobile phone services were working across the valley, but all Internet services continued to remain suspended since August 4 — hours before the New Delhi announced the abrogation of Article 370.
Most of the top-level and second-rung Hurriyat Conference have been taken into preventive custody, while pro-India leaders including two former chief ministers — Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti — have been either detained
or placed under house arrest.
The government has detained former chief minister and sitting Lok Sabha Member of Parliament from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah under the controversial Public Safety Act.
—PTI

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