Barring some areas, life returns to normal in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jul 12: Life returned to normal on Thursday in Kashmir valley after remaining crippled for a day due to strike called by separatists against civilian killings in security force action.
However, business and other activities remained paralyzed in south Kashmir district of Shopian and in downtown Srinagar due to strike. Restrictions have been imposed in most parts of Kupwara, where a youth was killed when Army opened fire to disperse demonstrators, pelting stones last night.
Shops and business establishments were doing normal business and traffic on all routes was plying normally in summer capital, Srinagar, and other major towns and tehsil headquarters in the valley. Traffic police personnel had their hands full since early this morning as some routes in the city witnessed heavy traffic jam.
Work in government offices and banks also resumed Thursday morning in the valley. Normal class work also resumed in all educational institutes, including schools, colleges and universities.
All the shops were open in the main business hubs in civil lines, including historic Lal Chowk, Gonikhan, Residency Road, Maulana Azad Road, Mahraj Bazar, Batamaloo, Iqbal Park, Dalgate, Regal Chowk and Budshah Chowk.
However, shops and business establishments remained closed in the downtown, including Nowhatta, Gojwara, Rajouri Kadal, Naqashband sahib and Jamia Market on the death anniversary of local militant Sajjad Ahmad Gilkar, who was killed alongwith three other militants in an encounter with security forces in Budgam district on this day last year. However, traffic was plying normally on all routes in downtown.
Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik, had called for strike on Wednesday against the killing of a youth in security force firing in Shopian, where two militants were gunned down in an encounter on Tuesday.
Reports of normalcy were also received from other parts of the Valley, including Baramulla, Sopore, Bandipora and Pattan in north Kashmir, where security forces remained deployed in some sensitive areas to prevent any law and order problem. But, authorities on Thursday imposed restrictions in most parts of Kupwara district, where a youth was killed when Army opened fire to disperse demonstrators, pelting stones last night.
Partial shutdown was being observed in Shopian, where most of the shops and business establishment were closed while few vehicles were plying on the roads in protest against the civilian killing on Tuesday.
Reports of normalcy were coming from other parts of south Kashmir, including Kulgam, Pulwama and Anantnag. Life also returned to normal in central Kashmir districts of Budgam and Ganderbal.

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