Strike cripples life for 3rd day in Kashmir

Strike cripples life for 3rd day in Kashmir
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Srinagar, May 8: Normal life remained crippled for the third consecutive day in Kashmir valley as the separatists extended the strike call till Tuesday against the killings of five civilians in security force action and as many militants in an encounter in Shopian on Sunday.
Curfew-like restrictions also continued in the areas falling under five stations of M R Gunj, Khanyar, Safa Kadal, Rainwari and Nowhatta in downtown and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) since Sunday to maintain law and order. Similarly, restrictions have also been imposed in some areas under police station Kralkhud in old city and Maisuma in civil lines.
All educational institutions remained closed for the second day on Tuesday as a precautionary measure in the valley, where universities have also postponed all scheduled examination today following the strike. Work in government offices and banks also remained affected due to the strike by separatists against the Shopian killings.
The train service also remained suspended for the third day on Tuesday for security reasons in the valley, where mobile interned was suspended on Sunday as a precautionary measure to prevent spreading of rumours.
Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the road in Civil Lines and uptown Srinagar though few private vehicles, particularly two-wheelers, could be seen plying on some routes in restriction-free areas.
Business and other activities were also paralyzed in main business hubs of the city, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve-centre of summer capital, Budshah Chowk, Regal Chowk, Maisuma, Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), Batmaloo, Moulana Azad Road, Residency Road and Dalgate.
Additional security forces, wearing bullet proof jackets and holding weapons and lathis in their hands, were seen patrolling on the streets in restriction-free areas to prevent any untoward incident, particularly on Moulana Azad road, used by VIPs to reach Civil Secretariat.
Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik, on Monday extended the strike call against the civilian killings till Tuesday.
Hundreds of security forces and state police personnel remained deployed in major towns and tehsil headquarters in south Kashmir’s Kulgam, Pulwama, Anantnag and Shopian districts to maintain law and order. Security also remained beefed up along Srinagar-Jammu national highway to prevent any protests.
Life also remained crippled in Baramulla and other north Kashmir towns and tehsil headquarters, where shops were closed and traffic was off the road in support of the strike. Additional security forces remained deployed in entire north Kashmir to prevent any law and order problem.
The situation was no different in central Kashmir districts of Budgam and Ganderbal.
2G mobile Internet service restored in Srinagar, Budgam
Low-speed mobile Internet service was restored in central Kashmir districts of Srinagar and Budgam on Tuesday evening, after remaining suspended for four days following the militant and civilian killings.
A police official said that low-speed mobile internet (2G) services have been restored in Srinagar and Budgam districts.
“The Internet services were restored in Srinagar following an improvement in the situation,” he said.
However, the high-speed mobile Internet facility continued to remain barred.
The service was suspended as a “precautionary measure” after a gunfight broke out on Saturday morning in Chattabal area of Srinagar in which three militants were killed.
A youth was also killed after a police vehicle ran over him during clashes in Noorbagh area of the city.
On Sunday, five militants and as many civilians were killed in a gunfight and ensuing clashes in Badigam village of south Kashmir’s Shopian district.
A teen injured during the clashes succumbed at SMHS hospital today, taking the toll to 11.