Life remains affected in Kashmir, leaders still under detention

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Srinagar: Life remains affected in the Kashmir valley, where leaders of different mainstream political parties, including three former chief ministers, are under detention since August 5, when the Centre scrapped Article 370 and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories (UT).
The pre-paid mobile and internet mobile service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) remained suspended for the past 113 days, badly hitting professionals, students, offices and traders, who could not file their GST returns.
Majority shops and business establishments in the civil lines, including main business hubs of Gonikhan, Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), Mahraj Bazar and Amira Kadal were closed. However, in the historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital, majority shops and business establishments were functioning in the morning.
In other parts of the city, including in the outskirts and uptown, some shops and business establishments were functioning.
Good number of roadside vendors were also on the roads after about a week in the city.
Partial strike was observed on Monday here and Kulgam while life remained affected in Shopian and Pulwama districts in south Kashmir, a report from Anantnag said.
Majority shops and business establishments were functioning in Anantnag and Kulgam districts, where a number of cabs and other public transport vehicles were seen plying.
However, situation in Shopian and Pulwama was different as majority shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads. However, some cabs and three-wheelers besides private vehicles were plying.

Life was near normal in this and other north Kashmir towns, a report from Baramulla said. Majority shops and business establishments were functioning.
Shops and business establishments were functioning partially in central Kashmir district of Budgam in the morning and evening for several hours, where some public transport vehicles were also plying.
There was still no relief for political leaders, including three former Chief Ministers Dr Farooq Abdullah, his son Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti besides several former ministers and legislators who are under detention since August 5.