Barring south Kashmir, life returns to normal in valley after day-long strike

Srinagar, Nov 27: Barring south Kashmir, life returned to normal on Tuesday in the valley after remaining crippled on Monday due to a day-long strike called by separatists against the killing of militants and a civilian during the last about a week.
Normal life also remained affected in poll-bound areas in the valley following a strike call given by separatists against the Panchayat polls, which are being held in nine phases in the state. Polling is being held for the fourth phase of panchayat elections in 639 polling stations in Kashmir division on Tuesday.
A police official said that there were no restrictions in any part of the valley though security forces remained deployed in strength to maintain law and order in sensitive areas, particularly south Kashmir, where three militants were killed in two separate encounters on Tuesday. An Army soldier was also killed in the encounter.
Shops and business establishments reopened and traffic on all routes was plying normally in summer capital, Srinagar, and other major towns and tehsil headquarters in central and north Kashmir, where train service resumed after remaining suspended for a day due to security reasons.
However, train service remained suspended for the second successive day on Tuesday for security reasons on Srinagar-Banahil route via south Kashmir.
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 downtown and uptown, where shops and business establishments reopened after day-long strike on Monday. Security force and state police personnel deployed in the Jamia Market in downtown to prevent people from entering the worship place on Monday have been withdrawn and shops have reopened early this morning in the area.
Business and other activities also resumed in the twin central Kashmir districts of Budgam and Ganderbal. Reports of normalcy were also received from other parts of the Valley, including Baramulla, Sopore, Bandipora and Pattan in north Kashmir.
However, life remained crippled in majority of the places in south Kashmir, where two militants of Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) and another belonging to Zakir Musa led group Ansar Ghazwatul Hind were killed in two different encounters which ensued during Cordon and Search Operations (CASOs) in twin districts of Kulgam and Pulwama on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, several persons were injured when security forces fired pellets and burst teargas shells to disperse demonstrators who were trying to disrupt the CASO in Kulgam. Mobile internet services have also been suspended in south Kashmir for security reasons to prevent spreading of rumours.