Barring parts of south, life returns to normal in Kashmir

Srinagar, Nov 23: Life returned to normal on Friday in Kashmir valley after remaining crippled for a day due to a strike called by separatists on Thursday against the killing of senior separatist leader Hafizullah Mir by unidentified gunmen in Achabal area of south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on Tuesday.
However, business and other activities remained paralyzed in Anantnag due to restrictions imposed by authorities and strike against the killing of six militants in an encounter with security forces in the district on Friday.
Shops and business establishments are doing normal business and traffic on all routes was plying normally in summer capital, Srinagar, and other major towns and tehsil headquarters in the central and north Kashmir and twin districts of Kulgam and Shopian in south valley.
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.
The situation was no different in the uptown, where shops and business establishments reopened after day-long strike. Security force and state police personnel deployed in the Jamia Market to prevent people from entering the worship place have been withdrawn and shops have reopened early this morning in the area.
Work in Government offices and banks remained suspended on Friday while all educational institutes were closed following a gazette holiday on Gurupurab and Friday following Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi.
Reports of normalcy were also received from other parts of the Valley, including Baramulla, Sopore, Bandipora and Pattan in north Kashmir; Shopian and Kulgam in south Kashmir.
However, spontaneous strike against the killing of militants paralysed normal life in restriction free areas in Anantnag and parts of Pulwama, where shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the roads. Hundreds of security forces and state police personnel have been deployed to strictly impose restrictions in sensitive areas in Anantnag to prevent protests against the killing.
Six militants, including a top Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) commander, were killed by security forces in an encounter at Shalagud, Bijbhera in Anantnag in the wee hours on Friday.