Life returns to normal in Kupwara, Handwara

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Azad Hussain

Kupwara, Oct 15: Life on Monday returned to routine in Kupwara and Handwara after remaining crippled for four consecutive days due to complete shutdown against killing of a Phd scholar turned militant Manan Bashir Wani in an encounter at Shartgund Bala Handwara on Thursday. Complete shutdown was observed in these days in Lolab, Trehgam, Kupwara, Handwara and other towns of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
Shops and business establishments reopened and traffic was plying normally on all roads in Kupwara and Handwara, However classwork in government and private educational institutes remain suspended for fifth consecutive day.
Security forces were remained deployed in some sensitive areas in north Kashmir’s kupwara district as precautionary measure.
PHD scholar turned militant Manan Bashir Wani from Lolab valley was killed in an encounter at Shartgund Bala area of Handwara on Thursday along with his associate who was also resident of Kupwara district.
Several civilians were injured when security forces opened fire and burst teargas shells to disperse demonstrators, who hit streets to disrupt operation against holed up militants in Handwara when news about trapping of scholar went viral.
Meanwhile, low speed (2G) internet services were restored in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Monday morning after four days of suspension, local sources said.
Official sources confirming the restoration of low-speed internet said that the services were barred in Kupwara on October 11 after killing of scholar rebel Manan Wani along with his associate in Shatgund area of Handwara.
Snapping of internet services is a routine in Kashmir valley in particular whenever there is a civilian or militant killing.
However, the high-speed mobile Internet facility continued to remain barred.