Srinagar: Barring business activities, life returned to near normal in the Kashmir valley, where separatists have called for a strike, demanding right to self determination.
However, as per new protest calendar issued jointly by the both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference(HC) and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), there will be now two day strike on Friday and Saturday every week till end of this year.
The joint separatist alliance are issuing protest calendar since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two militants were killed in an encounter in Anantnag. However, subsequent violence left more than 90 people, mostly youths, dead and several thousand injured and life remained crippled due to strike without any relaxation.
Shops and business establishments remained closed in the Kashmir valley due to strike. However, majority private and passenger vehicles hit the roads since early this morning and work in government offices and banks was normal. However, educational institutions remained closed though government has already announced winter vacation from Decembre 19 as today was the last working day.
Business and other activities remained paralysed in the summer capital, Srinagar, including historic Lal Chowk and all other business hubs. However, good number of pedestrian and vehicles could be seen on the roads.
Security forces also remained deployed in strength in the city to prevent any untoward incident.
The situation in the down town, where massive clashes between security forces and demonstrators were reported after Friday prayers yesterday, was normal though shops and business establishments remained closed. Very less number of vehicles were plying on Nallahmar road. However, other routes traffic was plying normally.
There was no change in the situation in the uptown, where shops remained shut but vehicles, including passenger, were plying.
Tension gripped in the apple township of Sopore today when rumours spread that a nine-year-old, who was injured in a violence yesterday had succumbed. People took to streets and pelted stones. However, normalcy restored after it was announced the minor was being treated in the hospital. Business and other activities remained shut and some vehicles could be seen plying on the roads.
Security forces and state police personnel, wearing bullet proof jackets and holding automatic weapons remained deployed in this and other major towns and tehsil headquarter to prevent any law and order problem in north Kashmir, a report from Baramulla said. Shops and business establishments remained closed.
Business and other activities remained shut in this and other south Kashmir towns and tehsil headquarters though transport was plying, a report from Shopian said.
A report from central Kashmir said that shops and business establishments remained closed in major business hubs in Badgam and Ganderbal districts.
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