Srinagar, Oct 31: Life was on Saturday affected due to strike called by moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) to protest against alleged anti-people laws being issued by the centre to intimidate and psychologically torture the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
On this day in 2019 the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir was downgraded and divided into two Union Territories (UTs) of Ladakh and J&K.
However, government offices and banks were functioning normally.
Business and other activities were affected in summer capital Srinagar, where Darbar Move, seat of the government was closed on Friday to reopen in winter capital, Jammu on November 9.
Shops and business establishments remained closed in historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the city, and other main business hubs of Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), Regal Chowk, Budshah Chowk, Residency road, Moulana Azad road, Maisuma, Batmaloo. Gonikhan and Mahraj Bazar. Public transport was also off the roads though some three wheelers and private vehicles were plying on almost all routes.
Similar scenes were witnessed in the down town and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) with shops and business establishments remained shut and traffic off the roads. The historic Jamia Masjid, stronghold of chairman of moderate HC Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, presently under house arrest, also wore a deserted look with only police personnel deployed in the Jamia market and outside the main gate.
There were however, no restrictions in any part of the city. However, a security force vehicle was parked near the main gate of Mirwaiz Manzil at Rajouri Kadal on the Nallahmar road in the down town. Bank branches on the main road also remained closed as a precautionary measure.
However, the situation in the uptown and outskirts was entirely different with maximum shops and business establishments functioning normally. However, very less number of public transport was on the roads though private vehicles were plying.