Normal life remains affected in Kashmir Valley for 110th consecutive day
The ongoing unrest in Kashmir Valley, which erupted after the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani, have affected life in Valley for 110 consecutive day on Wednesday while the summer capital, Srinagar continued to witness movement of private transport in some parts.
Officials in the state said over the past week, many people have started defying the separatist-sponsored strike as they are slowly picking up the threads of their lives affected by the nearly four month-long strike.
The flea market, which usually opens only on Sunday, was open today as well and many people went shopping for woolens and jackets in view of the approaching winter.
Authorities said additional traffic police personnel have been deployed at some intersections to ensure smooth flow of traffic. The traffic in the city has significantly increased.
Media reports said many shops were also open in the civil lines and the outskirts of the city, while many street vendors set up stalls at many places around the commercial hub of Lal Chowk.
However, normal life continued to remain affected in the rest of the Valley due to separatist-sponsored strike.
The officials said restrictions on Assembly of four or more people were in place throughout the Valley for maintaining law and order. However, there were no curbs on the movement of people anywhere in Kashmir.
They said security forces have been deployed in strength at vulnerable spots and along the main roads as a precautionary measure.
To maintain law and order conditions, security forces have also been deployed at many market places to instill a sense of security among the public to carry out their day to day activities, the officials said.
Shops, business establishments and fuel stations remained shut and are not expected to open this evening as separatists have not given any relaxation.
Apart from business and tourism, the ongoing unrest has also affected the education as schools, colleges and other educational institutions continue to remain shut in the Valley.
Following the killing of Burhan Wani, as many as 85 people, including two cops, have been killed and several thousand others injured in the ongoing unrest in the Valley. Around 5,000 security forces personnel have also been injured in the clashes.