Day 103: Shutdown continues amid restrictions in city parts

MAJID NABI. Dated: 11/16/2019 12:13:31 AM

No Friday prayers at Jamia Masjid on 15th week

SRINAGAR, Nov 15: Spontaneous shutdown which completed 103 days after special status of the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir was repealed disrupted normal life in restive valley amid partial restrictions in parts of Srinagar on Friday.
Congregational prayers were also disallowed at historic Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of old city on 15th consecutive week while as less devotees throng Dargah Hazratbal to have glimpse of the holy relic Prophet Muhammad (SAW) Friday following Eid Milad-un-Nabi.
Reports said that security was beefed up around Hazratbal shrine as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.
While markets by and large remained closed across Kashmir, shops and other business establishments were open at city centre Lal Chowk and other areas till 2 PM in the afternoon. Street vendors also setup their stalls on footpaths and roads at few places.
Schools, colleges and universities across valley continued to be deserted due to the absence of students while thin attendance of teachers and other staff was witnessed in all educational institutions.
Partial restrictions were imposed in some old city areas under section 144 crpc to maintain law and order; however no untoward incident was reported from anywhere. Friday prayers were disallowed at Jamia Masjid on 15th consecutive week.
A pose of police and paramilitary forces were deployed around the Jamia Masjid to thwart any attempt of protest post Friday prayers in the vicinity.
Barring postpaid mobile and landline phones, communication system including prepaid mobile, broadband and mobile internet continued to remain suspended in Kashmir on 103rd consecutive day.
It may be in place to mention that communication system was snapped in the valley on August 4 midnight hours ahead of the centre’s major decision on Jammu and Kashmir.
Reports reaching here from other districts said that life continued to be affected due to shutdown with all markets and private establishments closed and public transport by and large off the roads.



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