Kashmir lockdown enters 50th day, markets shut
Indiatimesworld News Service
Srinagar, September 23
Even as restrictions have been lifted in most parts of the Valley, Kashmir shutdown on Monday entered the eight week.
For the 50th consecutive day the normal life continued to get hit across the Valley. Apart from the Valley, the shops and business establishments continue to remain closed in border town of Uri, which has never witnessed such a protest in nearly past three decades.
The communication blockade, which was put in place by the authorities hours before the special status was scrapped on August 5, continues to be in place. The authorities have only restored landline phones across the Valley and post paid mobile phones with only incoming facility in frontier Kupwara district.
On Monday, the public transport was off the roads. However, the private transport continues to ply normally. The forces continued to remain deployed in sensitive parts of Kashmir to thwart protest even as no major law and order situation has been witnessed.
Even as restrictions have been lifted across the Valley, barring a few areas, there are no immediate signs of the restoration of normalcy.
Press Club demands lifting of ban on mobile, Internet
The Kashmir Press Club management, during a meeting to discuss the impact of the mobile telephony and Internet blackout, said it had severely hampered the work of journalists.
“Journalists are handicapped and unable to get confirmation about the ground situation due to this communication blockade. The restrictions are totally unwarranted and unreasonable and aimed at gagging the Kashmir press,” the statement read.