Business resumes after three days

SRINAGAR: Life in Kashmir returned to normal on Wednesday after three days of curfew-like restrictions imposed by authorities and strike called by separatists to mark the death anniversaries of Muhammad Afzal Guru and JKLF founder Muhammad Maqbool Bhat. 

However, clashes erupted in Hajin town of District Bandipora between police and protestors who were demanding the immediate release of two youth arrested by police on Tuesday.

Eyewitnesses said that as the shopkeepers opened their shops and transport started plying on the roads on Tuesday, scores of youth appeared on roads and pelted stones on shops and vehicles. The shopkeepers immediately downed their shutters while transport remained off the roads.

The agitated youth who were demanding release of two youth Tanvir Ahmed Jogi and Muhammad Arif Rather marched towards police station Hajin where police and paramilitary deployed on roads charged them canes and used tear smoke shells to disperse them.

The youth pelted stones on security forces and according to reports the clashes continued for hours. All the shops and business establishments remained closed in the area for the whole day.

Meanwhile in rest of the Valley, shops and business establishments reopened after a three days of shutdown. Transport services also resumed

A police official said that most of the separatist leaders were released on Wednesday morning. 

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