Kashmir unrest: Life remains crippled for 116th day today

Kashmir unrest: Life remains crippled for 116th day today

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Separatist strike entered 116th day today in Kashmir Valley, where business and other activities remained paralysed though the number of private vehicles and vendors, which had recorded a slight decline from last couple of days on the roads, again witnessed increase today. However, the passenger transport remained off the roads though some cabs and three wheelers are plying on city and district routes. Police said there was no restriction or curfew in any part of the Valley though security forces and the state police personnel remained deployed to prevent any untoward incident. Shops and business establishments remained closed in the entire Valley and transport also remained off the roads in support of the separatists call. Some private vehicles, besides two-wheelers, could be seen plying on some routes in Kashmir, including summer capital Srinagar, where number of vehicles has witnessed an increase as compared to last couple of days. All educational institutes also remained closed in Kashmir including, Srinagar, where some government schools remained occupied by security force rushed from different parts of the country to curtail the unrest. Over 25 educational institutions were also gutted under mysterious fire incidents in the Valley, where government has announced to hold 10th, 12th class examinations in the middle of this month.

Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), spearheading the agitation since July 9, in its latest calendar have extended the general strike till November 3. They had asked women to assemble in their respective chowks and centres and demand right to 'self determination.' The current unrest, which was triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two other militants in an encounter at Anantnag on July 8, has left 86 civilians dead and over 10,000 injured in security force action. Though there was no curfew or restriction in the down town and SeK, business and other activities remained paralysed for the 116 days. Public transport remained off the roads though private vehicles, mostly two wheelers and some three wheelers, could be seen plying on some routes.

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