Srinagar, Jan. 1 -- On August 5, when public transport in the valley came to a grinding halt, one man strove to keep the wheels running.

When people lost contact with personal and public cab drivers during the three-month communication clampdown, Showkat Ahmad Bhat, 32, donned the mantle to help them tide over the crisis. An ace instructor, he taught driving to more than 50 students amid political upheaval that unfolded post abrogation of Article 370.

Hamida Bano, 30, a resident of Rawalpora recalls her ordeal when she came knocking on the doors of Showkat. Her three-month old baby had fallen sick at a time when her husband, a government employee was not at home.

"My husband had to report to the office despite shutdown. I was caught in a...