Semblance of normalcy amid shutdown in Kashmir

Normal life continued to remain affected on the day 128 of the unrest even as there was an increased movement of pedestrians and vehicles on the roads here and other major towns showing a semblance of normalcy in the Valley today.
There were long rows of footpath vendors along the main roads, including posh Residency Road from TRC Crossing-Lal Chowk-Batamaloo, selling woollens with the onset of winter and other essentials apart from fresh fruits and vegetables. An increased number of shoppers thronged the vendors.
Only private vehicles and autorickshaws were moving on the roads, while passenger taxis have been moving on several inter-district roads. Minibuses too have been plying though in smaller numbers on the Batwara-Batamaloo axis through Lal Chowk over the past few days. The shops, which open only during the relaxation period in the “protest calendar,” resumed business on this evening with the beginning of the 15-hour relaxation period till Monday morning. The overall situation was normal and no untoward incidents took place in any part of the Valley today, officials here said.

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