Barring south, life returns to normal in valley after 3 days

Barring south, life returns to normal in valley after 3 days
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Srinagar, May 9: Barring majority of the areas in south Kashmir, life returned to normal in the valley after remaining crippled for three days due to strike called by separatists against the killing of six civilians in security force action and five militants in an encounter on Sunday in Shopian.
Curfew-like restrictions imposed in downtown and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) Srinagar from last three days were also been lifted on Wednesday, when separatists have urged people to resume their normal activities.
However, a complete shutdown is being observed in south Kashmir districts of Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian, where shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the road against the killings.
Shops and business establishments reopened and traffic was plying on all routes normally in this summer capital, where some busy routes witnessed traffic jams in civil lines and uptown. But, additional security forces remained deployed in Srinagar to maintain law and order.
Work in the Government offices and banks was also normal. Meanwhile, all educational institutes upto High Schools reopened in the Valley, after remaining closed for two days. But, authorities have ordered suspension of class work in colleges and some Higher Secondary Schools (HSSs) in the valley as a precautionary measure to prevent protests.
All the shops reopened in the main business hubs of Civil Lines, including Hari Singh High Street, Gonikhan, Residency Road, Maulana Azad Road, Mahraj Bazar, Batmaloo, Iqbal Park, Dalgate, Regal Chowk and Budshah Chowk.
Even though separatists urged people to resume normal life from Wednesday, shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads for the fourth successive day in Shopian, Pulwama and Kulgam against the Sunday killings. However, life returned to normal in Anantnag, where business and other activities resumed early this morning.
Reports of normalcy were also received from other parts of the Valley, including Baramulla, Sopore, Bandipora and Pattan in north Kashmir. However, security forces remained deployed in strength in some sensitive areas to prevent any law and order problem. Similar reports of normalcy were also coming from central Kashmir districts of Budgam and Ganderbal.
Six youth were killed and about 30 others received bullet and pellet injuries in security force action in Shopian on demonstrators who hit the streets after five militants of HM, including a top commander and Assistant Professor of Kashmir University (KU) turned militant, were killed in an encounter on Sunday.