Curbs in Srinagar, life disrupted in Valley

Para-military personnel asking two-wheeler operators to take another route at Hawal, Srinagar on Monday. (UNI)
Para-military personnel asking two-wheeler operators to take another route at Hawal, Srinagar on Monday. (UNI)

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Sept 9: Authorities today continued curfew like restrictions in Srinagar and other towns of the Valley to prevent Moharram processions by Shia Muslims.
The normal life in Valley continued to remain disrupted for 36th day today since August 5 when Article 370 which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir was abrogated.
The curfew like restrictions in Srinagar continued for third consecutive day to prevent Moharram procession by Shia Muslims. Security forces closed all Srinagar city roads with concertina razor wire and iron barricades. Police and CRPF were, however, allowing movement at many of these barricades except in sensitive areas.
There were also restrictions in Shia dominated Budgam town to prevent Shia procession. The town is under restrictions for last several days to prevent Moharram procession. There were clashes for last three days as Shia mourners were trying to carry out Moharram processions but authorities didn’t allow. Click here to watch video
Markets and other business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads across the Valley today. However, some private vehicles were plying on many roads, mostly in Civil Line areas of Kashmir.
Some shops selling essentials were open in the morning and evening and people were seen buying essentials. Some vendors had set up their stalls near Polo View under tight security but there were hardly any customers.
The schools continue to remain closed in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir. It may be mentioned here that Government re-opened 4000 schools in Kashmir valley but the parents refused to send their wards under clampdown. At few places, people have set up voluntary tuition centres to help children to compensate the losses suffered in studies.
Some schools are supplying study material to the students so that they can prepare for examinations at home. The examinations for the 10th and 12th standards are on schedule so the students are preparing for examinations at home.
The Government offices are open but the attendance in them is thin. However, in head offices of various departments, the attendance is above 50 percent.
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.