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J&K: Kashmir markets are near-empty

As of now, no untoward incident has been reported, while the situation in J&K is said to be normal. Police official said that they have not fired a single bullet so far in six days.

J&K: Kashmir markets are near-empty

Muslims buying goats on the eve of Eid-al-Adha on the outskirts of Srinagar.

Ahead of Eid-ul Azha, the Centre has eased the security curbs in some parts of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) but there was hardly any crowd in the market. According to the officials, section 144 continued to be imposed across Kashmir. A security alert has been issued in the Kashmir valley ahead of Independence Day on August 15.

As of now, no untoward incident has been reported, while the situation in J&K is said to be normal. Police official said that they have not fired a single bullet so far in six days.

On Saturday there were some relaxations in certain areas however on Sunday the police vans were again out announcing that people should not venture out much.

"On Sunday morning we saw the police vans again announcing on the loudspeakers that section 144 was imposed as asked people to stay indoors", said Zahoor Ahmad, a resident in Rajbagh areas of Srinagar.

The festival of Eid is going to be celebrated on August 12 and the security forces have apprehensions that there could be protests. The market places in the valley largely were shut.

There was hardly any rush of people in bigger markets. The biggest commercial hub of the Srinagar city the Lal Chowk remained closed. The security forces continued their barricading around the iconic clock tower area of Lal Chowk.

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