Srinagar, Sep 24:The
ongoing situation in Kashmir completed 51 days on Tuesday even as authorities
have lifted restrictions from most of the places in Kashmir.
Communication blockade, however, continues with no access to
mobile telephony or internet services.
The situation has been eerily uncertain since August 5 when
government of India abrogated Article 370, and bifurcated the state of J&K
into two Union Territories—J&K and Ladakh.
The ongoing turmoil has majorly impacted vital sectors
including transport, business, tourism, education with communication suspension
adding more to the uncertainty.
Kashmir observed a spontaneous and relatively peaceful
shutdown since August 5. Weeks later as authorities announced opening schools,
the same continue to witness very thin attendance of students.
As far the higher education, all the major Universities
across Kashmir remain closed for the 51st consecutive day.
According to the transporters, the sector has been the worst
even as 50,000 vehicles including Tata Sumos and public mini-buses stand
Meanwhile, restrictions under Section 144 CrPC, banning
assembly of four or more persons, continued as a precautionary measure in the
valley to maintain law and order, officials said, adding there was no curfew in
any part of the valley, including Srinagar. However, security forces remained
on high alert to impose strict restrictions in case of any violence in the
There was no change in the situation in Shehar-e-Khas (SeK),
where all gates of historic Jamia Masjid remained closed to prevent assemble of
people since August 5. A large number of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF)
were deployed in the Jamia Market and outside the Masjid to maintain law and
order. No prayers, including on Fridays, were offered in the Masjid, stronghold
of chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq,
since August 5 due to restrictions.
There was also no change in the situation elsewhere in the
valley, where all shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic
was off the roads due to strike since August 5. However, private vehicles were
seen plying on some routes.
Business and other activities remained crippled for the 51
day on Tuesday in south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian.
There was also no change in the situation in Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora,
Pattan, Sopore, Handwara and Ajas in north Kashmir. Reports of shutdown were
also received from central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Budgam. (With
inputs from UNI)