Life returns to normal after day-long strike in Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Life returned to normal in the valley after remaining crippled on Monday due to a day-long strike called by separatists against alleged ill-treatment of Kashmiri detenues in jails within and outside the state.
Meanwhile, curfew-like restrictions imposed in the downtown, Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) and areas falling under two police stations in the civil lines and old city on Monday have been lifted.
Shops and business establishments reopened and traffic was plying on all routes normally on Tuesday in the summer capital, Srinagar, where some busy routes witnessed traffic jam in civil lines and uptown.
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, where shops and business establishments reopened after day-long strike yesterday. All educational institutes, including schools and colleges, reopened while train service resumed on Tuesday after remaining suspended on Monday in the valley.
Both the factions of Hurriyat Conference and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) had called for a strike on Monday in protest against the alleged ill-treatment of Kashmiri detenues in jails within and outside the state and frequent search operations in south Kashmir.
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 Kashmir. However, security forces remained deployed in some areas to prevent any law and order problem.
Life also returned to normal central Kashmir districts of Budgam and Ganderbal, where shops and business establishments reopened and traffic was plying on all roads.