VALLEY SHUTS ON INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

After days of partial shutdown, Kashmir valley was shut on International Human Rights Day with markets in Srinagar and elsewhere deserted and public transport plying partially on roads amid internet breakdown on 128th consecutive day today.

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) was till last year issuing call for shutdown on this day in Kashmir, however this year the call was given by Syed Ali Shah Geelani led faction of Hurriyat Conference.
Business activities which resumed partially after four months since August 5 disrupted again as markets across Kashmir were closed due to shutdown.

While private vehicles ply normally in Srinagar and other parts of the valley throughout the day, a thin movement of public transport was witnessed on few routes.

However government and semi-government offices which include banks, post offices and courts functioned normally.
Internet and prepaid mobile service continued to remain suspended in Kashmir on 128th consecutive day with no official word as to when these services will be restored.

Street vendors had also set up stalls on roads at different areas in Srinagar while city’s flea market at Residency Road was abuzz with shoppers purchasing warm clothes and other household items.
Reports and witnesses said shops in old city were closed and roads deserted, however thin movement of private vehicles was observed amidst deployment of forces.
Officials said the situation was normal in Srinagar and other parts of the valley as no untoward incident was reported from anywhere till reports last came in.

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