The shops remained closed and traffic seemed off the roads. The locals stayed inside their homes due to the shutdown and restrictions imposed in some of the areas in Kashmir valley.

No traffic was present on the roads only security personnel were seen patrolling the areas in Srinagar. However tight security measures were in place on the occasion.

A local resident, Noor Muhammad, said, “It’s a strike, all the shops are closed, transport is also not working today.”

It is worth mentioning that no untoward incident was reported on the day.

It is worth mentioning that the state is one of the world’s most militarised zones, with India deploying more than 1.3 million troops to quell the rebellion that triggered off in 1989.

The two nuclear-armed countries have fought two wars over Kashmir but had sought to ease access and commerce in a region at the heart of more than 60 years of hostility.

Meanwhile, militancy in the area over the past years had significantly affected state tourism, but the industry is gradually picking up.

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