Normal life across Kashmir remained affected on the consecutive 125th day today due to the separatist sponsored strike, though summer capital Srinagar witnessed some semblance of normalcy with brisk movement of vehicles in some areas.
Some shops were also open in the areas in the civil lines and outskirts of the city as well in some rural areas in other districts of the Valley. Srinagar saw movement of private and public transport, except buses, in some areas of the city, officials said.
Schools and business establishments elsewhere remained closed due to the strike called by the separatist groups including both factions of Hurriyat Conference and JKLF.
Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief, Mohammad Yasin Malik, was arrested on Thursday afternoon. Reports said that Malik was detained from his Maisuma residence this afternoon.
Malik was released from jail on October 29, 2016 after four months of detention during which he was lodged in Central Jail Srinagar.
Authorities on Thursday placed Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq under house arrest at his Nigeen residence. Mirwaiz was released on last when Sunday when he met Syed Ali Geelani and Yasin Malik.
Hurriyat (M) Spokesman, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, who himself is under continuous house detention said, “A large contingent of police was deployed outside the residence of Mirwaiz and was informed about his house detention.”
The ongoing unrest in Kashmir, triggered by killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir on July 8, has completed four months.
The officials said there were no curbs on movement of people anywhere in Kashmir, but adequate deployment of security forces has been made at some vulnerable points to maintain law and order as well as to instill a sense of security among the people to carry out their day to day activities.
The separatists, who are spearheading the ongoing agitation in the Valley, have been issuing weekly protest programmes. The separatists late last night extended the strike till November 17, with a 15-hour periodic relaxation four days.
As many as 95 people have been killed and several thousand others injured in the ongoing unrest in the Valley.