Kashmir Valley remains calm, normal life remains affected for 87th day

Security personnel guarding at Lal Chowk during curfew in Srinagar. (Photo: PTI)
No restrictions were in place on the movement of people anywhere in the Kashmir Valley on Monday where the nearly three-month long agitation is showing signs of fatigue.

However, normal life continued to remain affected in Kashmir for the 87th consecutive day on Monday due to the separatist sponsored strike.

A police official said security forces have been deployed at some places, including market places, to instill a sense of security among the people so that they can carry out their day-to-day activities without fear.

The official said the situation in Kashmir was improving with each day and there has been a significant increase in the movement of private and public transport, except buses, in uptown areas of the summer capital Srinagar, including in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk.

Many street vendors, hand cart vendors are selling goods like fruits, vegetables, fresh juice, tea and snacks at many places in the city.

However, life in downtown city and other parts of the Valley, including district headquarters and towns, remained affected for the 87th straight day due to the shutdown call of the separatists, who have been spearheading the ongoing unrest in the Valley seeking resolution of Kashmir issue.

As many as 83 persons, including two cops, have been killed and thousands others injured in clashes between protesters and security forces since unrest began a day after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8.

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