Kashmir: Normal life remains crippled for 2nd day due to strike

Kashmir: Normal life remains crippled for 2nd day due to strike

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Srinagar :  Normal life remained crippled for the second day today in restriction-free areas of Kashmir, due to a two-day strike called by the separatists against the killing of eight militants, including Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Sabzar Bhat, successor of Burhan Wani, in two separate encounters on Saturday. Meanwhile, restrictions continued in areas falling under seven police stations in Srinagar and some major towns in Kashmir valley as precautionary measure to maintain law and order. Shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the roads in restriction-free areas of this summer capital and other places in Kashmir, where mobile internet service of all cellular companies remained suspended for the third day today. Work in government offices, banks and other financial institutes also remained affected in Kashmir due to the strike and restrictions. Authorities have suspended class work today in Colleges and Higher Secondary Schools (HHSs) in Srinagar as a precautionary measure, though Universities and other primary and middle schools also wore a deserted look as students preferred to stay indoors, in view of the strike call. However, few private vehicles, particularly two-wheelers, could be seen plying on some routes in restriction-free areas of uptown and civil lines in Srinagar. Business and other activities remained crippled in main business hubs of the city, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve centre of summer capital, Budshah chowk, Regal Chowk, Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), Batmaloo, Moulana Azad road, Residency road and Dalgate. Even though the situation was by and large peaceful yesterday, additional security forces, wearing bullet proof jackets and holding weapons and lathis in their hands, were seen patrolling the streets in restriction-free areas, to prevent any untoward incident. Normal life remained crippled in this and other north Kashmir towns and tehsil headquarters, said a report from Bandipora, where shops remained closed and traffic was off the roads in support of the strike called by the separatists. Additional security forces had been deployed in the entire north Kashmir, to prevent any law and order problem.

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