Life crawls to normalcy in Srinagar as restrictions lifted

| Monday, April 18, 2016 - 09:45
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Life crawls to normalcy in Srinagar as restrictions lifted

Life crawls to normalcy in Srinagar

Srinagar: Life in Srinagar and most parts of the Kashmir Valley returned to normalcy on Sunday after remaining paralysed for five days due strikes and protests over civilian killings. 
Authorities had imposed strict restrictions in the areas falling under seven police stations in Srinagar including MaharajGunj, Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, SafaKadal, Kralkhud and Maisuma. In order to make sure no protests take place, the security personnel places rolls of concertina wires on the roads. Curfew was also imposed in different parts of frontier district Kupwara.
Kashmir had observed a shutdown to mourn the civilian killings for the fifth consecutive day on Saturday. Shops, business establishments and educational institutions remained shut while skeletal movement of traffic was observed on road.
The restrictions, however, continue in Handwara and Kupwara towns in border districts where five civilians were killed.
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While internet service remain snapped across the valley, train services between Baramulla in Kashmir and Banihal, across the Pir Panjal mountain resumed on Sunday morning after remaining suspended for four days. Business establishments, including shops and petrol pumps re-opened after four days of suspension.
The strike took place in Handwara, Kupwara, parts of Srinagar and other parts of the Valley after three people, including a 60-year-old woman, were killed in army firing in Handwara on April 12 after alleged molestation of a school girl by an army man.
Two more youth were killed in tear gas shelling and firing by security men at Dragmulla and Natnusa in Kupwara, triggering massive protests across the Valley.
Police reports confirmed that no restrictions were imposed in Srinagar on Sunday as there were no major protests or shutdown.

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