Day 2: Life remains affected in south Kashmir

Srinagar, Jun 20: Life remained crippled for the second day on Wednesday due to strike in two districts of Kulgam and Pulwama in south Kashmir, where three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) were killed in encounter on Tuesday and a civilian died in alleged security force firing on Monday evening.
However, life returned to normal Wednesday in Anantnag, where strike was observed Tuesday on the death anniversary of Mirwaiz south Kashmir Qazi Nissar who was assassinated by unidentified gunmen in 1994 at Dialgam.
Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads for the second day Wednesday in Kulgam, where a youth Aijaz Ahmad Bhat was killed and another youth was injured when security forces allegedly opened fire to disperse demonstrators at village Akhran on Monday evening. However, government offices were closed due to holiday (Kashmir Province only) on account of Mela Kheerbhawani.
However, additional security forces and state police personnel were deployed in the main Kulgam town and other sensitive areas to prevent any law and order problem. The mobile internet service in the district remained suspended to prevent spread of any rumours.
Life was also affected in Pulwama, including Tral town and adjoining areas, where business and other activities remained closed following death of three JeM militants in an encounter last evening.
However, traffic was plying normally on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, though additional security forces had been deployed at Pampore, Awantipora, Bijbehara and other places to prevent any stone pelting.
Meanwhile, life returned to normal in south Kashmir district of Anantnag, where strike was obseerved yesterday on the death anniversary of Mirwaiz of south Kashmir Qazi Nissar, who was assassinated by unidentified gunmen at Dialgam on this day in 1994. Shops and business establishments reopened and traffic was plying on all routes normally. Hundreds of security forces and state police personnel have been deployed to maintain law and order in the town.