Life Returns To Normal In Valley After Day-Long Strike

Srinagar: Life returned to normal Monday in the Kashmir Valley after day-long strike called by separatists against the killings of a civilian in government forces firing in Kupwara on April 27.

Shops and business establishments were open and traffic was plying on all routes normally in the summer capital, Srinagar, where some busy routes witnessed traffic jam in civil lines and uptown.Work in the Government offices and banks was also normal.

Meanwhile, all schools, barring SP Higher Secondary School (HSS) and MP HSS in Srinagar, were open in the Valley though higher educational institutes, including degree colleges, witnessed thin attendance in view of the clashes during the last two weeks between students and  forces.

All the shops were open in the main business hubs in civil lines, including historic Lal Chowk, Hari Singh High Street, Gonikhan, Residency Road, Maulana Azad Road, Mahraj Bazar, Batmaloo, Iqbal Park, Dalgate, Regal Chowk and Budshah Chowk.

The situation was no different in the uptown and downtown, where shops and business establishments reopened after day-long strike yesterday.

Reports of normalcy were also received from other parts of the Valley, including Baramulla, Sopore, Bandipora and Pattan in North Kashmir and Anantnag, Pulwama and Shopian in South.

However, forces remained deployed in strength to prevent any law and order problem.

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