Normal life remains crippled in Kulgam

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Srinagar, Feb 26: Normal life remained crippled for the third successive day on Tuesday in south Kashmir district of Kulgam, where three militants of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) were killed by security forces in an encounter at Turigam Yaripora on Sunday. Mobile internet service also remained suspended since Sunday in Kulgam as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of rumours.
Even though there was no strike called by separatists, shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads in Kulgam, where work in government offices and banks was also affected due to strike.
However, educational institutions remained closed in view of government extending winter vacation till March 2.
Meanwhile, additional security forces and state police personnel remained deployed at sensitive places in the district to prevent any law and order problem. Security forces have also been deployed on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, passing through Kulgam district.
On Sunday, life was crippled in entire Kashmir valley due to a strike called by separatists against arrests of dozens of separatist and Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) leaders in the valley.
Three JeM militants, two of them Pakistani nationals, were killed in an encounter with security forces on Sunday. A Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) and a soldier were also martyred in the encounter.