DAY 85: SHUTDOWN IN KASHMIR AMID INTERNET BLOCKADE

SRINAGAR, Oct 28: Normal life continued to remain out of gear in Kashmir valley today due to the shut-down on 85th consecutive day today with markets shut, public transport off the roads and educational institutions closed amid internet blockade.

Although no separatist outfit has called for any shutdown the way they were issuing protest calendars in past, all shops and other business establishments across Kashmir remained closed and public transport was off the roads.
Movement of private vehicles on roads in Srinagar and elsewhere that witnessed significant increase in previous days was also recorded thin. However, the street vendors set up their stalls as usual in certain areas and city’s flea market witnessed huge rush of people purchasing clothes and other items.

Educational institutions including schools, colleges and universities were deserted as the students continued to skip classes ever since the administration ordered opening of all educational institutions in the valley. Teachers and other staff were, however, present.

Barring partial opening of shops in shifts at some Civil Lines and uptown localities, markets in other places of Srinagar particularly the old city continued to remain closed and transport was off the roads.
Barring partial restoration of mobile phones on August 14, communication system continued to remain suspended in entire Kashmir since August 5 the day special status of Jammu and Kashmir was repealed and state divided into two Union Territories.
Banihal to Baramulla rail also remained suspended for 85th consecutive day following spontaneous shutdown which continues in Kashmir for around three months.