Night traffic resumed on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway after remaining closed due to protests in Kashmir, officials said on Thursday. Randeep Kumar, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Ramban told reporters that the traffic on the Jammu-Srinagar national highway was restored and vehicular traffic was moving smoothly.
For the last 28 days, authorities allowed traffic on the strategic highway only during the night. The highway remains shut during the day as protesters at various places in south Kashmir either physically block the road or resort to heavy stone pelting on passing traffic.
Amarnath Yatra pilgrims also use the highway to reach the cave shrine in Kashmir. Since the Valley has been reeling under officially imposed curfew and the protest shutdown called by the separatists since July 9, various retail outlets are already running thin with supplies as the highway is the only route for various essentials to reach Kashmir.
In a massive crackdown, the police has also arrested nearly 500 youth to curb the ongoing violence in Kashmir and to curtail ‘hooligans and miscreants,’ a police spokesman said. More than 50 persons have been killed, including two policemen, and nearly 6000 others injured in the ongoing street protests in Kashmir since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani and his two associates in an encounter with security forces on July 8. More than 50 persons have been killed, including two policemen, and nearly 6000 others injured in the ongoing street protests in Kashmir since the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani and his two associates in an encounter with security forces on July 8.
Initially, the authorities imposed curfew across the Valley to curb the protests but the strategy failed as more and more people took to the streets. A senior police official said the security agencies are using video footage and photographs to pinpoint the “trouble mongers and instigators” among the protestors.
(with inputs from PTI)