Increased movement of people, traffic in Kashmir Valley
Srinagar and main towns of Kashmir witnessed increased movement of people and traffic. The increased movements in the states, which had usually seen deserted roads and closed shops, hinted return of normalcy.
According to media reports, separatists have called for a meeting of all stakeholders today to chalk out the future course of action with regard to the current unrest.
Media reports said the summer capital of the state, Srinagar, and some other main towns of the Valley witnessed increased movement of people and public transport, except buses, as more people defied the separatist diktats by coming out to carry out their day-to-day activities.
Officials said a large number of taxis, auto-rickshaws and private cars were seen plying in the city especially in the areas in civil lines and the outskirts, including in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk here.
Inter-district cabs have also started plying on the routes connecting many district headquarters with the city, the officials said.
“Reports of increased movement of traffic were received from other main towns of the Valley as well. Some shops were also open in these areas, while there was huge rush of customers at banks, ” the officials said.
There were no curbs on the movement of people anywhere in Kashmir, but adequate deployment of security forces has been made on some vulnerable points to maintain law and order as well as to instill a sense of security among the people to carry out their day-to-day activities.
However, most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut elsewhere in the Valley due to the separatist-sponsored strike.
The ongoing unrest in Kashmir, triggered by killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, has completed four months. As many as 32 schools have been targeted by unknown persons since the unrest began in Kashmir on July 8.