Life returns to normal in Valley
However, Shopian, Pulwama remain shut
Srinagar, May 09: Barring southern districts of Pulwama and Shopian, life returned to normal in Kashmir on Wednesday after three-day shutdown over civilian and militant killings.
Shops, schools and offices opened in the Srinagar, while public transport also returned to roads in the Valley, though shutdown continued in southern districts of Pulwama and Shopian. Normal life resumed in Awantipora police district, including Tral, Pampore and Awantipora areas.
Train services also resumed in Kashmir valley on today after remaining suspended for three days.
A railway official said that the service was resumed today after receiving feedback from the police.
He said trains ran as per schedule between Banihal in south Kashmir and Baramulla in the north.
Last weekend, eight militants including top commander Saddam Padder and seven civilians were killed by government forces in the region.
On Tuesday, separatists Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had asked the people of Kashmir to resume their normal activity.
Meanwhile, on the call of separatist, black flags were raised in several areas of Srinagar to protest continuous bloodshed in Kashmir.
While asking people to resume normal activities after three-day shutdown, Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik had asked people to protest killings in Kashmir by hoisting black flags today.
Witnesses said that black flags appeared on Amira Kadal bridge, some commercial buildings and vehicles in city center besides the gates leading to Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of Srinagar downtown.
The students of Kashmir University also staged a protest demonstration in support of the professor killed in Sunday’s gunfight in Shopian district.
Reports said scores of students and scholars carrying banners in favour of slain professor Mohammad Rafi Bhat assembled on the campus and held a demonstration.
Bhat was killed along with four militants in Badigam village of the district.