Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir will celebrate Eid-ul-Adha silently on Tuesday, as the shops and other business establishments are closed in valley due to ongoing strike.
However, during relaxation hours of strike in evening people were mostly seen purchasing day to day essentials. Earlier, people in large numbers made it to markets days before for making purchase of a wide range of items including bakery, sweets, essential commodities, grocery and kids wear.
The busy markets of residency, MA Road, Hari Singh high street, Maharaja Bazar, Goni Khan and various markets in old Srinagar are given a deserted look due to strike call given by separatist organizations.
Only security forces personnel were seen in front of these shops. Most of the markets of down town Srinagar have been closed with barbed wire to prevent people from holding protest demonstrations.
The markets set up in the past for sale and purchase of slaughter animals during Bakra Eid is also missing in Srinagar this time.
In the past, Amira Kadal, Hari Singh High street, Batamaloo and Dal Gate are used to witness heavy rush of people purchasing sacrificing animals. But there is no such market present in the areas.
In district headquarters also Eid shopping is missing this time. The markets are closed due to ongoing strike and curfew and restrictions imposed by authorities to maintain law and order.
The major district markets which used to witness huge rush ahead of Eid are closed.
The district markets like Anantnag Baramulla, Sopore and Pulwama, Shopian, Kulgam, Budgam, Ganderbal are closed for the last two months and there is hardly any movement of people during day time due to the strike and restrictions imposed by authorities.
The separatist organizations have appealed people to celebrate Eid with utmost simplicity and help the needs in their respective localities.
Even the separatist organizations have not given any relaxation in strike on Eid days.
In Srinagar some markets in Civil Lines area are opening after 6.00 PM. During relaxation hours people are mostly purchasing essential commodities and not purchasing readymade garments and other things.