DAY 116: SECURITY BEEFED UP IN SRINAGAR AMID SHUTDOWN, RAINS

SRINAGAR, Nov 28: Security was beefed up in Srinagar city amidst shutdown on 115th consecutive day today following mysterious blast which left five persons injured at Hazratbal area of the city on Tuesday.
Police had laid checking points (Nakka’s) at several places in Srinagar while deployment of paramilitary forces was amplified at ‘vulnerable’ places including commercial nerve centre Lal Chowk a day after five persons suffered injuries in a mysterious blast ‘presumably’ grenade outside Sir Syed Gate of Kashmir University ay Hazratbal.

Meanwhile normal life continued to remain affected in the restive valley due to the shutdown almost four months after the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was repealed and state bifurcated into two Union Territories.
Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) led government at the Centre repealed the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and divided the erstwhile state into two Union Territories through a Presidential order on August 5 this year.

Markets as usual were shut in Kashmir even as shops at some areas in Srinagar were open till 1 PM in the afternoon. A thin movement of public transport was witnessed on the roads amidst an increase in private vehicles.

Communication system barring partial restoration of mobile phones continued to remain suspended in Kashmir valley on 114th running day. Landline phones were restored nearly a month after the Centre took a major decision on Jammu and Kashmir.

Schools, colleges and universities also remained deserted in view of the reluctance of students to join back educational institutions; some private schools, however, have resumed normal class work since past week. Teachers and other staff were, however, present amid shutdown and continuous rainfall.
Although the shutdown has no impact on government and semi-government departments, private establishments across valley continue to remain closed.