Life returns to normal after day-long strike in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Mar 25: Life returned to normal on Monday after remaining crippled on Sunday due to a day-long strike called by separatists against ban on Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) and crackdown on Jamat-e-Islami (JeI) after Central government declared it unlawful organisation.
Meanwhile, all the gates of historic Jamia Masjid, stronghold of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq, have been reopened for worshipers on Monday after remaining closed on Sunday.
A police official said that additional security forces deployed across Kashmir valley on Sunday as a precautionary measure have been withdrawn.
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 on Monday after day-long strike.
Security force and state police personnel deployed in the Jamia Market in downtown to prevent people from entering the worship place on Sunday have been withdrawn and shops have reopened early this morning in the area.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 and Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama in south Kashmir.
The Union government on Friday declared JKLF, led by Muhammad Yasin Malik, an “unlawful association” under the provisions of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967. Malik was arrested and booked under Public Safety Act (PSA) immediately after fidayeen attack on CRPF convoy at Awantipora in which 40 personnel were martyred and several others injured. Malik has been lodged in a Jammu jail.
About 300 JeI leaders and activists, besides both the factions of Hurriyat Conference (HC) were arrested since the Pulwama attack.