Life returns to normal in Kashmir after day-long strike

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Srinagar, Jan 27: Life returned to normal on Sunday in Kashmir valley, including summer capital Srinagar, after remaining crippled following a day-long strike called by separatists on Saturday, when country celebrated R-Day (RD).
However, a complete shutdown was being observed in some areas in south Kashmir district of Pulwama to mark the fourth death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Abid Khan.
Roads leading to historic Ganta Ghar in Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of the summer capital, Srinagar, which were closed with barbed wires on Saturday, were reopened for public.
Meanwhile, the road along S K Cricket stadium, which was the main venue for R-Day function in Kashmir, was thrown open for vehicular traffic on Sunday after remaining closed for a week due to security reasons.
Shops and business establishments, which remain open on Sundays, reopened and traffic was plying on all routes normally in the summer capital, Srinagar, where some busy routes witnessed traffic jams in civil lines and uptown.
The shops, which remain open on Sundays, reopen in the main business hubs in civil lines, including Hari Singh High Street, Gonikhan, Residency Road, Maulana Azad Road, Mahraj Bazar, Batmaloo, Iqbal Park, Dalgate, Regal Chowk and Budshah Chowk.
Hundreds of vendors have put up their stalls in the historic 3-km-long Sunday market from Radio Kashmir (RK), Srinagar, crossing to Hari Singh High Streets (HSHS), including historic Lal Chowk. The market attracts hundreds of buyers from different parts of the valley.
Reports of normalcy were also received from other parts of the Valley, including Sopore, Bandipora and Pattan in north Kashmir. However, security forces remained deployed in strength to prevent any law and order problem.
Meanwhile, barring Tral and adjoining areas, life returned to normal as shops and business establishments reopened and traffic was plying normally on all roads in south Kashmir district of Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam.