Phones, Internet down for 18th day in Kashmir
18 days after the removal of Article 370, restrictions have been relaxed in some areas, but phone and internet service are still suspended.
Restrictions imposed after the scrapping of Article 370 have been relaxed in most areas of Kashmir. Barricades have been removed from the streets. The movement of people and vehicles is slowly increasing. But mobile phone and Internet services are still susprended on the 18th day. Officials claim that the situation is peaceful and under control. According to the local administration, no violence has been reported in the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday.
The administration claims that in view of the improvement in the situation, roads in Srinagar have been opened to most places for traffic. Although public transport has not been restored yet, cabs and auto-rickshaws have started appearing on the roads. Officials claim that there has been a gradual increase in the presence of teachers in middle schools and the number of employees in government offices has improved considerably compared.
However, in view of the situation, most children are not able to reach school. The government ordered the opening of all primary schools in the Kashmir Valley from Monday. Barricades have been removed from the up town and civil lines areas of Srinagar and restrictions have been relaxed here. Similar steps are being taken in some other districts.
However, the deployment of security forces to maintain law and order will remain as before. According to officials, since August 5, the markets are completely closed in most parts of the Kashmir Valley. According to the administration, no separatist organization has called a strike. But the Union Home Ministry has claimed that Pakistan is trying to provoke the Kashmiris and the security forces will not be pulled out until the situation is completely normalised.
[Autotranslated from Hindi]