DAY 135: Kashmir remains abuzz for 2nd day
Amid roaring Sunday Market in Lal Chowk, Kashmir remained abuzz with the business activities reflecting a semblance of normalcy on the second consecutive day of full-day relaxation announced by the joint resistance leadership.
Though the schools and colleges remained closed on account of Sunday, transport— both public and private— plied normally. There were frequent traffic jams in the city centre and adjoining areas.
The Sunday Market, a weekly business activity, was set from Zero bridge, Polo view right up to Amira Kadal here on the both sides of the main road. People in huge numbers could be seen buying winter stuff including blankets, jackets, coats and sweaters.
"The huge rush of consumers in the market also led to the traffic jams in the area forcing the commuters to take alternate routes," witnesses said.
The street vendors said they arrived early in the morning to get space in the market. Some vendors who could not find any space in the market set up their makeshift stalls at extended places.
"It was good to see the huge rush of consumers in the market today. I sold 80 per cent of my stock," said Feroz Ahmed, a vendor at Residency Road.
The shops and restaurants also remained open for the day.
Majority of the shopkeepers, however, complained that the business was not great due to the currency conundrum. "The demonetisation has hit our business badly," said Farooq Ahmed Mir, a wholesaler.
Witnesses said that public transport could be seen plying on all major roads in Srinagar including old Srinagar, which remained in news for pro-freedom protests for the past over four months of unrest triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8 at Kokernag area of South Kashmir's Anantnag district.
Pertinently, during the unrest, 97 people including two cops have been killed while as 15000 people were injured of which over 700 were hit by pellets in their eyes alone. Dozens of those hit by pellets in eyes have lost their vision partially or fully.
Reports from various district headquarters said that life remained normal while as all major markets were abuzz with the business related activities. Reports said that there were long queues of public and private vehicles stuck in the traffic jams at all the major towns across Kashmir.
Meanwhile, reports said that many areas observed a complete shutdown against the killing of a Laskhar-e-Taiba militant Rayees Ahmed, who was killed yesterday in an encounter with forces. Main Pulwama Town, Kakapora, Newa, and Tahab markets remained shut.