Day 97: Kashmir continues to remain shut, 52 more held

Srinagar: As part of ongoing mass uprising, a complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir Valley on day 97 even as police said there was no incident of stone-pelting and 52 more persons were held.

On the call of resistance leadership, all the shops, commercial establishments, educational institutes and some banks were closed across summer capital while public transport also remained off the roads. But, huge rush of private traffic was witnessed in civil lines and uptown areas of city. The vendors had also put up their stalls in several areas of civil lines including Lal Chowk and Jehangir Chowk.

The five police station areas of Srinagar continued to reel under restrictions. The areas falling under MR Gunj, Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainwari and Safa Kadal police jurisdictions witnessed huge deployment of police and CRPF who had erected barbed wires on the roads and junctions. Due to presence of forces personnel, the civilian movement was low in these areas. The deployments were also made in Habba Kadal and Maisuma areas.

Reports of shutdown were also received from other districts of the Valley. These reports said that all kinds of business and educational activities remained suspended in these districts while public transport was also off the roads. But private transport was plying smoothly. The reports further said that stone-pelting clashes erupted at Chitragam, Tahab and Rohmoo areas of south Kashmir against the arrests and raids by police.

Detailing the situation, a police spokesperson in a statement issued to GNS said: “With hustle and bustle returning to the Srinagar streets and other towns, the situation across Kashmir remained peaceful today. There was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere till filing of this report. There was no curfew anywhere in the valley. However adequate deployment was made in sensitive areas. Today also some Moharram processions were taken out in Budgam and Srinagar.”

He said the roads were abuzz with constant increase in traffic in Srinagar city as well as in the towns across the valley. “Shops were opened and huge numbers of vendors were on the streets,” said the police spokesperson. He said the drive launched by the police to nab the miscreants and the people involved in the disruption of normal activities continued and during past 24 hours 52 more such persons have been arrested. (GNS)

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