Barring Shopian, Kangan, Pulwama, life returns to normal in Kashmir

Srinagar, Apr 7: Barring Shopian and Pulwama in south and Kangan in central Kashmir, life is limping back to normal in the valley, where a shutdown was observed on Friday on a call by a faction of Kashmir Economic Alliance (KEA) and traders, while separatists had asked people to hold demonstrations after Friday prayers in their respective areas against the killings in Shopian and Ganderbal recently.
The authorities have imposed restrictions under Section 144 CrPC in Kangan and Pulwama.
Security forces resorted to bursting of teargas shells and lathicharge to disperse demonstrators, who defying restrictions hit the streets at Pulwama, where a Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant was killed in an encounter on Friday during a search operation.
The authorities had imposed restrictions under Section 144 CrPC in Pulwama town and adjoining areas to prevent any demonstration by locals on Saturday, who were agitating against the killing of local HM militant Mussavir Wani who was bruied at Delipora.
People, mostly youths, took to streets defying restrictions, raising slogans and marching towards the main town.
However, security forces and state police personnel deployed in adequate strength immediately swung into action and stopped the demonstrators.
But seeing no impact of repeated lathicharge on the stone pelters, security forces burst teargas in which a number of demonstrators were injured , official sources said.
A police spokesman taking to micro-blogging site twitter said, ‘Your police seeks cooperation of citizens for maintaining order and ensuring peace. Today you will find restrictions in parts of Pulwama town and Kangan. While it is a cause of inconvenience, we assure these control orders are temporary. For assistance pl dial 100″.
Shops and business establishments reopened in Srinagar, including downtown and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK), where curfew-like restrictions had been imposed on Friday to prevent any law and order problem. Business activities resumed in main business hubs in the city. Traffic was also plying on all routes normally. Although schools reopened, Higher Secondary School (HSS) and colleges remained closed and Kashmir University (KU) also suspended class work and postponed examinations today.
Reports also received of normal activities resumed in this and other north Kashmir towns and tehsil headquarters, a report from Baramulla said. However, security forces and state police personnel remained deployed to maintain law and order. Shops and business establishments reopened and traffic was also plying on all routes.
Life also returned to normal in Anantnag and Kulgam after remaining crippled for about a week due to strike and restrictions.
However, life remained crippled in Shopian since Sunday, when 13 militants were killed in three different encounters. Four civilians were also killed and over 40 others were injured in security force action on demonstrators who took to the streets after the militant killings. Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads. Additional security forces remained deployed to prevent any untoward incident.
Life remained paralysed in Pulwama where authorities have imposed restrictions as a precautionary measure.
Business and other activities resumed in central Kashmir district of Badgam where shops and business establishments reopened and traffic was plying on all routes normally.