Jammu: As curbs were gradually relaxed across Kashmir three days after restrictions were imposed by police the situation eased even as main markets remained shut and the transport off the roads.
Witnesses said though passenger transport was off the roads but private vehicles could be seen plying on Srinagar streets.
“Deployment of security forces remained across Srinagar and also on the highways and district headquarters. A spontaneous shutdown marked the third day of Geelani’s death in Kashmir,” the witness said.
Another witness said that in old parts of Srinagar city barbed wires were removed partially by the police and paramilitary security forces while two-wheelers and some private vehicles could be seen plying normally on the streets. A police official said that there were no restrictions in place and only deployment of security forces was made to ensure no law-and-order issue. “People cooperated with the security forces and the day passed off peacefully,” he said.
An official said that Banks were operational across the Valley and people could be seen busy in banking activities throughout the day. However, at some places, people complained of no cash in the ATMs in Srinagar and city outskirts. A group of locals walking in an almost deserted street of Lal Chowk, said that peace prevails across Kashmir. “Life is limping back to normal… gradually,” he said.