Shutdown affects life for 73rd day

MAJID NABI. Dated: 10/17/2019 8:30:30 AM

SRINAGAR, Oct 16: An uneasy calm amid shutdown which completed 73 days today after the reading down of Articles 370 and 35A prevailed in Kashmir valley today with markets shut and public transport off the roads.
All the shops and commercial establishments remained closed while public transport continued to remain off the roads. Titular movement of private vehicles, however, could be seen on roads.
Educational institutions were deserted as students continued to skip classes ever since the government ordered opening of schools, colleges and universities in Kashmir. Teachers and other staff was, however, present at all institutions.
Barring restoration of postpaid mobile and landline phone services, communication system continued to remain suspended across Kashmir on 73rd running day. Authorities, so far, have maintained silence whether communication would be restored or suspension will continue.
On the other hand, valley’s prepaid mobile subscribers have been constantly demanding that service should be restored at the earliest without causing inconvenience to users any more.
Banihal to Baramulla railway service also remained suspended on 73rd straight day in the wake of prevailing situation in Kashmir valley.
Officials said that the situation remained by and large calm and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere.
Pertinently special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of Indian constitution was abrogated through a Presidential Order on August 5 this year.
Stringent restrictions under section 144 CrPC were imposed across Jammu and Kashmir and communication suspended. State administration after fifteen days started lifting restrictions in the valley in phased manner while landline phones were restored almost after one month.



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