Situation peaceful, uneasy calm prevails

Security forces checking a vehicle in Srinagar on Tuesday. -Excelsior/Shakeel
Security forces checking a vehicle in Srinagar on Tuesday. -Excelsior/Shakeel

2 admitted to SMHS with injuries

Fayaz Bukhari
SRINAGAR, Sept 3 : The day time restrictions continued to remain eased for majority areas of Kashmir valley while security forces were deployed at sensitive places in Srinagar city to prevent any law and order problems.
Barring few incidents of stone pelting and clashes in which several people were injured in Pulwama and Kupwara districts, the situation remained by and large peaceful today even as landlines in more areas were restored but the mobile telephony and internet services continue to remain shut for almost a month now.
Two people, one each from Pulwama and Kupwara were admitted to SMHS hospital in Srinagar with pellet injuries today. They were injured during stone pelting clashes in Pulwama and Kupwara districts this afternoon. Their condition is stated to be out of danger.
Despite the restrictions remaining eased in majority areas of Kashmir or lifted in the other areas, traffic movement was thin today. The private vehicles were plying on the roads in Civil Line areas of the city while there was skeletal traffic movement in old city areas. The public transport stayed off the roads.
The shops and business establishments remained closed in the entire Srinagar but grocery and other shops selling essentials opened in the evening in Civil Line areas of the city and people were buying essentials. However, some vendors had established stalls in Polo-view area and they were provided security by the police. Some people were making purchases there while most of these vendors were sitting idle.
The schools that were opened in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir mostly remained closed. In some schools the teachers had reported but in Srinagar city no students had returned to classes. The parents are not willing to send their wards to the schools under tense security situation.
Government spokesman said yesterday that 4000 primary, middle and high schools are functioning across Kashmir but the attendance of students is picking up but remained thin.
The National Highway is, however, open and the trucks carrying essentials are plying round the clock. A Government official said that around 300 trucks laden with fresh fruit ply from Srinagar towards Jammu daily. He said that last week the number of trucks plying was 200 while l5 days ago the number of trucks carrying fresh fruit was over 100.