Normal life crippled in south Kashmir parts

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Srinagar, Apr 1: Normal life was crippled as shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the roads in due to a strike in twin south Kashmir districts of Shopian and Pulwama.
A police official said that there were no restrictions in any part of south Kashmir though security forces have been deployed in strength in sensitive areas to maintain law and order.
Even though there was no strike called by separatists, instantaneous shutdown was observed in Pulwama as the news of the death of four local militants of Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT), including a top commander, in an encounter on Monday spread in the district.
Four local militants of LeT, including a top commander, were killed and four security force personnel were injured in a fierce encounter which ensued during a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) at village Lassipora in Pulwama on Monday.
Meanwhile, business and other activities were paralyzed in Shopian due to a strike on first death anniversary of four civilians, who were killed on this day in 2018 in security forces firing, during clashes which ensued after 13 militants were gunned down in three different encounters in south Kashmir.
Work in government offices was also affected while schools witnessed less attendance of students, who preferred to stay indoors in view of the strike in the twin districts. Meanwhile, authorities have suspended class work in Degree College Tral as a precautionary measure.
Security has also been beefed up along Srinagar-Jammu national highway as a precautionary measure to prevent any protests.