Life returns to normal after day-long strike, restrictions in Kashmir

 Life returned to normal on Wednesday in the valley after remaining crippled on Tuesday due to a day-long strike called by the separatists against killing of a civilian and militants and restrictions imposed by authorities to maintain law and order.
However, a complete shutdown is being observed in south Kashmir districts of Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian, where shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the road for security on Wednesday against the killings.
Two HM militants were killed and as many soldiers, including an officer, were injured in the encounter at Pulwama, where a youth was also killed, when security forces allegedly opened fire to disperse the demonstrators, who were protesting on Monday.
Curfew-like restrictions were imposed on Tuesday morning to prevent any demonstration in the downtown, Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and parts of civil lines and old city in Srinagar, were lifted.
Shops and business establishments reopened and traffic was plying on all routes normally in this summer capital, where some busy routes witnessed traffic jams in civil lines and uptown.
Work in the Government offices and banks was also normal. Meanwhile, all schools and colleges reopened in the Valley, after remaining closed for a day on Tuesday.
All the shops reopened in the main business hubs of Civil Lines, including Hari Singh High Street, Gonikhan, Residency Road, Maulana Azad Road, Mahraj Bazar, Batmaloo, Iqbal Park, Dalgate, Regal Chowk and Budshah Chowk.
Even though restrictions have been lifted from Pulwama and Shopian, shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads for the second successive day on Wednesday.
Life also remained crippled in Kulgam, even though there was no strike call given by any separatist organisation. However, life returned to normal in Anantnag, where business and other activities resumed early this morning.
Reports of normalcy were also received from other parts of the Valley, including Baramulla, Sopore, Bandipora and Pattan in north Kashmir. However, security forces remained deployed in strength in some sensitive areas to prevent any law and order problem.
Similar reports of normalcy were also coming from central Kashmir districts of Budgam and Ganderbal.

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