The CPI(M) has expressed sympathy with the kashmiri people who are protesting. “The Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road must be opened for trade,” former legislator and party leader Khalil Mohammad Naik told The Indian Express.
While GOI, continues to maintain that the highway from Jammu was absolutely free of obstructions and that the disturbances in the Valley were actually hurdles to free movement of goods and traffic.
The Centre said that the Valley protestors were being "influenced by misleading propaganda". The government said that it was the calls for bandhs and strikes in the Valley that were affecting traffic.