EID BUZZ MISSING FROM CITY-CENTRE

Complete shutdown was observed in city centre on Sunday while private and public transport also remained off the roads.
EID BUZZ MISSING FROM CITY-CENTRE
Photo: Habib Naqash/GK

Complete shutdown was observed in city centre on Sunday while private and public transport also remained off the roads.

As compared to past few days, there was no movement of private transport on city roads today. Offices, shops, business establishments, petrol pumps remained closed and public transport also remained off the roads on consecutive 65th day.  

"It is a complete shutdown today. Over the past few days, there was considerable movement of private transport on city roads. Today, same roads present the deserted look," said Abbas Ahmad of Amira Kadal.

Forces were deployed at various places to handle any law and order problem.

The city markets also presented deserted look, which otherwise had been presenting festive look before the Eid. 

"The markets used to be festive before two days of Eid. Today, there is no indication in markets that would suggest that Eid is just now one day away," said Ghulam Muhammad of Maisuma.

He added that markets are closed, pedestrian malls are deserted, adding, "there is an eerie silence that indicates the locals are in no mood to celebrate."

A visit by this reporter to several areas revealed that there were no restrictions or curfew in civil lines. However, not a single indication was found to suggest people are busy making preparations for Eid celebrations.

"We cannot celebrate Eid when our 80 people have been martyred and thousands injured in forces action. Forces have unleashed a reign of terror everywhere. They have damaged private properties of worth crores," said Tariq Ahmad of Bemina.

The reputed and famous bakery shops have also not prepared varieties of bakery for customers, which otherwise witnessed huge rush of public for orders in the past. 

"Our outlet has not even prepared the choicest cookies, cakes and biscuits that would attract buyers during Eid celebrations in the past. It is true that these are days when people used to throng our shop and order expensive quality bakery. But today, the entire Kashmir is mourning civilian killings," said Altaf Ahmad, a salesman at Lal Chowk Bakery Shop. 

People at large have not opted to buy new clothes, which otherwise has remained an Eid tradition.

Joint resistance camp has appealed people to celebrate Eid with austerity as a mark of respect for the victims of the ongoing unrest.

They have also appealed to people to set up local Baitul Maals to help the needy. 

Meanwhile, several shops reopened in city centre at 6 pm. Joint resistance camp had called for relaxation after 6 pm.

Shopkeepers opened the shutters of their shops while large number of street vendors lined up on pavements at various places from TRC to Hari Sing High Street. 

The huge flow of private vehicles was also witnessed, resulting in brief traffic jams at Regal Chowk, Lal Chowk, Jahangir Chowk and Polo View.

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