Life returns to normal in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Sep 18: Life returned to normal on Tuesday in the Kashmir valley, where separatists had called for general strike yesterday against the killing of five militants of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) and Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) in an encounter by security forces in Kulgam last week.
A civilian was also killed and several others injured when security forces opened fire and burst teargas shells to disperse demonstrators trying to disrupt the Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) at village Chowgam Kulgam.
Shops and business establishments reopened and traffic was plying on all roads normally. Work in government offices and banks was normal while educational institutions were also functioning in the valley, where train service also resumed.
Reports of normalcy were also reported from south Kashmir, where life remained crippled for three days in twin districts of Kulgam and Anantnag. Mobile internet service of all Cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) also resumed after three days.
Business and other activities also resumed in major towns and tehsil headquarters in north Kashmir, a report from Baramulla said. Work in government offices and banks besides other institutions was normal. The educational institutions were functioning normally.
Similar reports were also received from central Kashmir districts of Budgam and Ganderbal.