Normal life crippled in south Kashmir against killing of militants

Srinagar, Dec 23: Normal life was crippled on Sunday as shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the roads in many areas in south Kashmir, where six militants were killed in an encounter with security forces in Pulwama on Saturday.
However, train service, including via south Kashmir, resumed in the valley on Sunday morning after remaining closed for a day on Saturday for security reasons.
A police official said that there were no restrictions in any part of the valley on Sunday though security forces remained deployed in strength in sensitive areas in south Kashmir to prevent protests.
Even though there was no strike call given by any separatist group, shops and business establishments, which remain open on Sundays, were closed and traffic was off the road in twin south Kashmir district of Pulwama and Shopian.
Business and other activities were also partially affected in south Kashmir districts of Anantnag and Kulgam.
Security forces have also been deployed in strength on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, since early this morning for security reasons.
A self-styled deputy chief was among six Ansar Ghazwatul Hind militants killed in an encounter with security forces which ensued after forces launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) at Tral in Pulwama on Saturday.