Srinagar, Sept 11: Authorities today eased curfew like restrictions in Srinagar and other towns of the Valley after three days. These restrictions were imposed for last three days to prevent Moharram processions by Shia Muslims.
The normal life in Valley continued to remain disrupted for 38th day today since August 5 when Article 370 which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir was abrogated.
The curfew like restrictions that were imposed for last three days in Srinagar were eased today. Security barricades in some areas were removed and in other areas they were allowing movement of people and vehicles. However, there was heavy deployment of troops at sensitive places of Kashmir to prevent any law and order situation.
Markets and other business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads across the Valley. While some private vehicles could be seen plying the roads in some parts of the city, the movement, however, was lesser. Some auto-rickshaws were also plying in Civil Line areas of Srinagar.
In the morning and evening, however, shops selling essentials were open and people were busy in buying essentials.
The efforts of the State Government to open schools have not borne any fruit as parents continued to keep the kids at home due to apprehensions about their safety. However, some schools are providing study material to the students so as to compensate the losses suffered by them.
The Government offices were open today after remaining closed yesterday due to holiday but attendance in many of them was thin.
Landline telephone services have been restored across the Valley but it is very difficult to get through as most of the times network is busy. The mobile telephony and internet services remain suspended since August 5 which is affecting the work of journalists, students and businessmen.