Life in Kashmir limping back to normalcy

This is for the first time in more than four months now that buses were seen on the roads during the strike period, officials said.

By: PTI | Srinagar | Published:November 15, 2016 1:15 pm
Similar reports of increased movement of people and transport were received from other district headquarters of the Valley, the officials said, adding inter-district transport has also significantly improved. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

Passenger vehicles today plied in the city for the first time in more than four months since the unrest began in Kashmir, which is gradually returning to normalcy. The Class 10 annual board examinations started today, while those of Class 12 began yesterday, marking the first major educational activity in the Valley where schools were shut due to violence triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces.

The separatists have been issuing weekly programme of protests and strike. Many passenger vehicles, including buses, were plying on the city roads today. This is for the first time in more than four months now that buses were seen on the roads during the strike period, officials said.

They said apart from the buses, there was an increase in number of cabs and auto-rickshaws plying in the summer capital here. The increased movement of transport and people gave a semblance of normalcy in the city, with the authorities deploying more traffic police personnel to man the roads in the city which witnessed traffic snarls at a few places, they said.

Similar reports of increased movement of people and transport were received from other district headquarters of the Valley, the officials said, adding inter-district transport has also significantly improved. However, some other facets of life remained affected in the Valley for the 129th consecutive day due to the separatist sponsored strike.

Shops were open in several areas in the civil lines and outskirts of the city as well as in few of the rural areas in other districts of Kashmir. But many remained shut due to the strike. Many vendors had put up their stalls along TRC Chowk-Batamaloo axis through Lal Chowk city centre, while banks were also open across the Valley and witnessed rush of customers.

As many as 85 people, including two police men, have been killed and several thousand others injured in the ongoing unrest in the Valley. Around 5,000 security forces personnel have also been injured in the clashes.

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    b Sastry
    Nov 15, 2016 at 9:22 am
    Very unfortunate comment. I can only pray God to bless you with right thinking. Most of us cannot keep such hatred and venom within us.
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      Guest4321
      Nov 15, 2016 at 12:03 pm
      no money to pay protesters as 500/1000 rupees notes are demonetized.
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        Hudaf Shaikh
        Nov 15, 2016 at 8:15 am
        Just to stop the terror funding and bring Kashmir to normalcy, Modi is making rest of the country suffer.
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          Bandra
          Nov 15, 2016 at 9:19 am
          The w thing smacks of a political drama just before the state elections- happens only in South Asia.
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            muralidhar
            Nov 15, 2016 at 8:46 am
            u are an showing true colour
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              siddhant saurabh
              Nov 15, 2016 at 8:35 am
              its more hilarious that there is no mention of the main reason the " the demonetization of 500 and 1000 rupee note"
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                Srikantha Reddy
                Nov 15, 2016 at 9:21 am
                Effect of Ban on 500/1000 currency.
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                  Jitendra
                  Nov 15, 2016 at 8:41 am
                  Terrorism is not a just. it's biggest problem of the country and getting small pain is better than get our army people killed. So stay patient and enjoy the developing country :)
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