Normal life remains affected in Kashmir for 39th consecutive day

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SRINAGAR: Normal life remained affected in Kashmir as the stalemate following the abrogation of Article 370 entered its 39th day on Thursday.


According to the official report, the school has remained closed and the public transport off the roads.

“Markets and other business establishments remained closed, while public transport was off the roads across the valley”, they said.

The officials said some areas in Srinagar witnessed an increased movement of private transport, while few autorickshaws were also seen plying in some areas of the city.

The efforts of the state government to open schools have not borne any fruit as parents continued to keep children at home due to apprehensions about their safety.

As per the report, restrictions on the movement or assembly of people have been lifted from most areas of the valley, but security forces continued to be deployed to maintain law and order.

The authorities were also considering easing out restrictions on mobile communications and restoring voice call services. The internet services remained suspended across all platforms.

While landlines across the valley were functional, voice calls on mobile devices were working only in Kupwara and Handwara police districts of north Kashmir.

On August 5, the government had revoked some provisions of Article 370 to take away Jammu and Kashmir's special status and brought in a bill for splitting the state into two Union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah later withdrew the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (2nd Amendment) Bill, 2019, in Lok Sabha, saying that the clauses incorporated in the legislation will automatically come into effect in the two new Union Territories.

On August 6, the Parliament had approved a resolution abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and a bill for splitting the state into two Union Territories.

 

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