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Life slowly returning to normal in Kashmir

Srinagar, Nov 13 (UNI) Life is slowly returning to normal though shops and business establishments remained closed and majority passenger traffic off the roads during the day in the Kashmir valley, where people are protesting against scrapping of Article 370 besides bifurcating the state into Union Territories (UTs) on August 5.

Internet and postpaid mobile service remained suspended for the past 101 days in the valley, where train service was partially resumed from Tuesday.

Meanwhile, police said there is no curfew restrictions in any part of the valley today. However, restrictions under Section 144 CrPC, prohibiting assemble of four or more persons, continued as a precautionary measure in the valley.

All gates of historic Jamia Masjid in the down town remained closed since August 5. Large number of Central Armed Paramilitary Force (CAPF) are deployed in the Jamia market and outside to prevent people from entering the worship place, stronghold of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, who is currently under house arrest.
Shops and business establishments reopened in Srinagar and outskirts this morning as usual and heavy rush of traffic was witnessed, which presents a normal look. However, after functioning for about three hours from 0800 hrs, everything came to halt again as shopkeepers closed their establishments and left for home.

Heavy rush of traffic, including cabs and other passenger vehicles besides private vehicles were plying on majority roads in the city. In some areas heavy rush of people could be seen on the roads. However, State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC) buses remained off the roads since August 5.
Pre-paid mobile service and internet service, including Broadband of Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) also remained suspended for the past 101 days in the valley, where postpaid and landlines are working smoothly.
A report from Anantnag said that business and other activities remained affected in this and other district and tehsil headquarters of south Kashmir on Wednesday . However, private vehicles were seen plying on the roads but passenger traffic remained off the roads. Some cabs were also seen plying to different district routes.
Additional security forces besides Road Opening Parties (ROP) remained deployed on the highway and other important routes in south Kashmir.
Life remained paralysed due to strike in this and other north Kashmir towns, a report from Baramulla said. Traffic was off the roads though good number of vehicles were seen plying on different routes in the district. Additional security forces are deployed at sensitive places to prevent any law and order problem.
Similar reports were also received from central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Budgam, where business and other activities remained paralysed since August 5. A militant were killed by security forces on Tuesday in Ganderbal.
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