The separatist-sponsored strike disrupted normal life in Kashmir today with most of the shops across the Valley shut and transport off the roads. However, some cabs and mini-buses were plying in some areas in the civil lines as well as in the outskirts of the city here, officials said. They said few shops were also open in these areas.
The officials said while reports of shutdown were received from most of the district headquarters of the Valley, some inter-district cabs, connecting the summer capital Srinagar with other districts of the Valley, were plying. Few vendors put up their stalls along TRC Chowk-Batamaloo axis through Lal Chowk city centre. However, the movement of people was less today, the officials said.
Except for the two days last week, Kashmir has witnessed shutdown for the last 137 days.
The separatists, who are spearheading the agitation since killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces on July 8, have been issuing weekly protest programmes.
They had announced two full days of relaxation on the weekend last week in the agitation programme.However, there is no relaxation today.
As many as 86 people, including two cops, have been killed and several thousand others injured in the ongoing unrest in the Valley.