Life remains affected in Kashmir due to restrictions, rail services suspended

Srinagar, Oct 23 - Life remained affected in South Kashmir for the fifth day due to curfew, like restrictions and strike, called by Mirwaiz Qazi Yasir against the killing of Zahid Bhat, who succumbed to injuries in a New Delhi hospital on October 18.

A strike was observed in Shopian in South Kashmir, where two local Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militants were killed in an encounter with security forces yesterday.

Official sources said that curfew continued in Anantnag, Bijbehara and Bantengo for the second day also to prevent any law and order problem.

Large number of paramilitary forces and state police personnel remained deployed to strictly implement the restrictions.

Zahid and two others, including a policeman, were injured after a Kashmir-bound truck was attacked with a petrol bomb at Udhampur in Jammu region on October 9.

Meanwhile, Kulgam and Shopian also observed strikes with all shops and business establishments remaining closed and traffic off the roads.

Work in government offices, banks and educational institutions is highly affected due to the strike.

The Rail services also remained suspended in the Kashmir valley for security reasons, a railway official said.

He said that all trains running between Srinagar-Badgam-Baramulla in North Kashmir have been suspended, keeping in view of the damage caused to railway property in the past.

Similarly, rail services between Badgam in central Kashmir-Srinagar-Qazigund in South Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region have also been suspended for the same reasons.

This is the second time rail service in the valley has been suspended during the past one week due to the tense situation, particularly in south Kashmir.

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