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Shutdown continues in Kashmir since Aug 5 against scrapping of Article 370, 35A

Srinagar, Sep 7 (UNI) Shutdown continued in Kashmir valley since August 5, when Article 370 and Article 35A were scrapped and the state was bifurcated into two Union Territories.
However, curfew-like restrictions imposed to prevent protests after Friday prayers in the downtown, Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and parts of civil lines in Srinagar were lifted though business and other activities remained crippled for the 34th day on Saturday.
Meanwhile, mobile and internet service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), remained suspended in the valley since August 5, when landline were also snapped. However, landlines were restored from all telephone exchanges from Friday in the valley, where train service between Baramulla in north Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region remained suspended since August 5.
Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads due to strike in the valley, including summer capital, Srinagar as large number of security forces remained deployed in strength to prevent any demonstration.
All gates of historic Jamia Masjid, stronghold of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, remained closed since August 5 for devotees. The last prayer in the historic masjid was offered on August 4 evening. Security forces remained deployed in the Jamia market and adjoining areas to prevent people from entering the worship place.
Business and other activities remained crippled in summer capital, Srinagar and its adjoining areas for the past 34 days while public transport, including the buses of State Road Transport Corporation (SRTC), remained off the roads. However, a number of private vehicles were seen plying on roads in uptown and civil lines and outskirts.
Security forces, wearing bullet proof jackets and holding automatic weapons, remained deployed in the civil lines, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city.
Work in government offices and banks continued to suffer on main roads in the city, particularly in the downtown and SeK and uptown. However, in relatively safe areas government offices and banks are functioning normally. In some areas in Srinagar, banks open early in the morning from 0600 hrs to 0900 hrs.
There was also no change in the situation elsewhere in the valley as business and other activities remained crippled since August 5.
Shops and other business establishments remained closed for the 34th day in Anantnag, Kulgam, Pulwama, Shopian in south Kashmir and Kupwara, Baramulla, Bandipora, Pattan, Sopore, Handwara and Ajas in north. Reports of shutdown were also received from central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Budgam.
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