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Uneasy situation continues during 2nd half of day due to strike

Srinagar, Dec 6 (UNI) Uneasy situation continued due to strike during the second half of the day on Friday in the Kashmir valley, where pre-paid mobile and internet service of all Cellular companies remained suspended since August 5, when the Centre scrapped Article 370 besides dividing the state into two Union Territories (UTs).
Leaders of different political parties, including three former Chief Ministers of Dr Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti besides ex-ministers and legislators who remained detained since August 5.

Meanwhile, a large number of Central Paramilitary Forces (CPMF) remained deployed on streets despite sub zero temperature since morning to maintain law and order, particularly after Friday prayers.
There is no restriction in any part of the valley, including summer capital, Srinagar.
As usual normal activities resumed today in Srinagar, including historic Lal Chowk where shops and business established reopened. However, after only half an hour, business and other activities came to halt again in Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city, Gantaghar, Court Road, Maisuma, Koker Bazar and adjoining areas.
Due to dense fog, affecting normal traffic movement.
Public transport, after remaining suspended for more than three months, is now operating normally on all routes in the valley throughout the day for the past about one month.
People are observing total spontaneous strike against scrapping of special status of the state since August 5. However, shops and business establishments are now functioning for four to five hours in the morning for the past one month. But, due to cold in the morning, shops are now opening late and closing in the afternoon.
However, in some areas shops remained open throughout the day.
Similar reports were also received from other parts of the Kashmir valley.

Pre-paid mobile service besides Internet, including Broadband, remained suspended, badly hitting students, traders, journalists and other professionals.

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