Day 68: Shutdown continues, Friday prayers again barred at Jamia Masjid

Srinagar

Normal life remained suspended on 68th consecutive day in Kashmir with all the shops and business establishments remaining closed to protest against the abrogation of Article 370.

Ahead of Friday, authorities re-imposed restrictions in some parts of Srinagar city with historic Jamia Masjid remaining closed for 10th straight week.

However in some routes of Srinagar, public traffic like sumo’s and cab’s were seen plying during early hours.

Reports said that authorities re-imposed restrictions under Sec 144 CrPC in some parts of the city where large contingent of forces had been deployed. They added that forces had erected barricades and concertina wire in some parts of down town areas aimed to restrict the movement of people ahead of Friday.

Eye witnesses said that Friday morning, a large contingent of government forces were deployed in and around historical Grand Mosque in Nowhatta.

They added that forces didn’t allow anybody to come towards the Grand Mosque.

However in some parts of Srinagar and other districts of Valley, markets were opened during early hours of Friday.

Reports said besides thin movement of private traffic was seen on roads, public transport like sumo’s and cab’s were also seen plying on different routes of Srinagar areas during early hours of Friday.

Meanwhile schools in many parts of Valley remained opened on Friday but students preferred to stay away from attending classes.

Besides, the cellular as well as the internet facilities continued to remain suspended for the 68th straight day. The services were suspended in the intervening night of August 04-05.

Only the landline services across Jammu and Kashmir have been restored while as the cellular services were only restored in Jammu division.

Moreover, the train services from Baramulla-Banihal also remained suspended. (KNS)

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