Markets open till noon in Srinagar

Srinagar: While transport plied normally, market continue to shut early afternoon in Srinagar on Thursday.
Majority of shopkeepers in the city opened their shops in mornings to carry out their businesses. But as soon as clock struck 12pm, shopkeepers started downing their shutters in protest against the abrogation of Article 370, which granted Jammu and Kashmir special status.
The fresh shutdown began since last week after threat posters surfaced in several parts of the Valley. In Srinagar, the commercial hub Lal Chowk and adjoining markets stayed open till afternoon.
Public and private transports, however, plied normally in Srinagar and elsewhere.
Meanwhile, internet and prepaid mobile phones continue to remain suspended across Kashmir. It has affected almost all sectors including media, which are without internet facility in their offices since August 5.
A day ago, the government of India remained non-committal on restoring internet in the Valley.
Most of the top-level and second-rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive custody while mainstream leaders including two former chief ministers including Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti are
The government has detained former chief minister and sitting Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah under the controversial Public Safety Act, a law enacted by his father and National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in 1978 when he was the chief minister.
The government has said that more than 5000 people were taken in preventive detention following the abrogation of Article 370.

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