Day 4: Normal life remains crippled in south Kashmir

Srinagar, May 27: Normal life remained crippled on Monday for the fourth successive day in south Kashmir against the killing of Ansar Gazwatul Hind chief Zakir Musa in a 12-hour-long encounter with security forces in Pulwama district on Friday morning.
A police spokesperson said that there were no restrictions in any part of the valley on Monday though security forces remained deployed in strength to maintain law and order in sensitive areas in south Kashmir.
Even though there was no strike call given by any separatists group, shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads in south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Pulwama and Shopian. However, some private vehicles, besides inter-district cabs were plying on some routes. Life was partially affected in Kulgam district, where some shops and business establishments reopened on Monday.
Meanwhile, majority of educations institutes, including schools and colleges, remained closed in entire south Kashmir, where mobile internet services remained suspended since Thursday night.
Work in government offices and banks was also affected due to the strike in south Kashmir while train service remained suspended in the valley for security reasons.
Musa was killed in a 12-hour-long encounter with security forces at Tral in south Kashmir district of Pulwama, triggering spontaneous protests and clashes across the valley, including many areas in Srinagar, Pulwama, Shopian, Anantnag and Awantipora.
Fearing further law and order problem, the authorities imposed curfew in Srinagar and restrictions in many areas in south Kashmir on Friday. The curfew and restrictions continued on Saturday in view of a strike called by Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani against the killing of Musa. After improvement in the situation, the restrictions were lifted on Sunday from entire valley.