Kashmir Valley peaceful; people defy separatists’ sponsored strike
STATE TIMES NEWS
SRINAGAR: Defying the separatist-sponsored strike, more and more people were out on the streets on Wednesday to resume their day-to-day activities in the summer capital which witnessed increased movement of public transport.
Meanwhile, a Scorpio was set on fire allegedly by protesters in Srinagar’s Dargah area on Wednesday. Reports and eye witnesses said a Scorpio was seen caught in flames at Saderbal area of Dargah in Srinagar. While shops and business establishments including petrol pumps remained closed in commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjoining areas, many such outlets were open in civil lines areas of Sanat Nagar, Jawahar Nagar, Rajbagh and Bishembar Nagar and in the outskirts of the city, a police official said. He said a large number of roadside vendors set up their stalls on the TRC crossing-Batamaloo axis passing through Lal Chowk, while there was increased movement of private vehicles and auto-rickshaws in the city.
However, shops and business establishments were shut in most of the other district headquarters of the Valley. They open only during the periodic relaxation announced by the separatists.