No buzz in Kashmir this Eid

Srinagar: The usual festivities that mark the eve of Eid-ul Azha are missing in Kashmir where markets today wore a deserted look.

While a fair number of private vehicles were plying on some roads, especially the city centre Lal Chowk and adjoining areas, shops and business establishments remained closed during day time due to the strike called by separatists.

The massive footfall of customers at bakeries, sweets shops and garment stores, a usual sight on the festival eve, remained missing with all these outlets closed.

One of the famous confectionery-cum-bakery on the upmarket Residency Road — Modern Sweets — stuck a poster outside its store reading: ‘No bakery available on Eid’.

Shakti Sweets, which is right next to Modern Sweets, also had its shutters down.

However, sale of sacrificial animals is going on at many places in the city.

“Our sale is around 10 per cent of what it used to be on the eve of Eid-ul Azha. I do not think there is any chance of it picking up with less than 24 hours left for the festivities,” Altaf Ahmad, a livestock dealer, said.

The separatist groups have urged people to observe Eid with austerity.

Normal life in Kashmir Valley has been badly affected since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani was killed in an ‘encounter’ with security forces in south Kashmir.

As many as 80 persons have been killed and ovrer 10,000 others injured in clashes with security forces over the past 65 days.

Authorities are expected to strengthen the security, which might include imposing curfew and restrictions in parts of Kashmir, tomorrow to foil the separatist plan to march to the local office of the United Nations Military Observers Group to seek implementation of the UN resolutions on Kashmir.

The separatists have called the rally to coincide with the 71st session of UN General Assembly which begins in New York tomorrow. (PTI)