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

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Srinagar, Mar 6: Life returned to normal on Wednesday in the valley after remaining crippled on Tuesday due to a strike called by Kashmir-based trade bodies against banning of Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) and alleged attempts to tamper with Article 35-A.
However, business and other activities remained crippled for the second successive day in Tral and adjoining areas in south Kashmir district of Pulwama, where two militants were killed in an encounter with security forces on Tuesday.
A police official said additional security forces deployed across the valley to maintain law and order on Tuesday in view of the strike call, have been withdrawn.
All the gates of historic Jamia Masjid, stronghold of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, have been reopened for worshipers on Wednesday after remaining closed on Tuesday.
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 Kashmir. Some routes in uptown Srinagar witnessed heavy traffic jam.
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 Tuesday.
Security force and state police personnel deployed in the Jamia Market in downtown to prevent people from entering the worship place on Tuesday have been withdrawn and shops have reopened early this morning in the area. The partial roadblocks places by security forces on some roads in downtown Srinagar on Tuesday have also been removed.
The trade bodies of Kashmir valley, including Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) and Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF), had called for a day-long strike on Tuesday against Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI) ban and alleged attempts to tamper with Article 35-A.
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 and Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian in south Kashmir.
However, shops and business establishments remained closed for second successive day in Tral and adjoining areas in Pulwama against the killing of two militants in an encounter with security forces on Tuesday. But, elsewhere in Pulwama life has returned to normal.