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Shutdown disrupts normal life in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Nov 26: Normal life was disrupted in Kashmir on Monday due to a strike called by separatists to protest the recent killings in the Valley.

Most of the shops and other business establishments were shut here in Srinagar and other major towns of the Valley. However roadside vendors in uptown Srinagar went about their business as usual.

Public transport was off the roads, but private cars, auto-rickshaws and cabs were seen plying in some areas of the city.

Train service was also suspended in the wake of shutdown.

“We have suspended all train runs in the Kashmir valley following a fresh advisory from police last night,” a senior railway official was quoted as saying by UNI news agency.

He said no train will chug on Budgam-Srinagar-Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu region.

The official said train service will also remained suspended on Srinagar-Budgam-Baramulla in north Kashmir.

Similar reports of disruption of normal life were received from other district headquarters of the valley.

Separatists – Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik – under the banner of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) – had Sunday asked people to observe a shutdown on Monday to protest killings in the Valley.

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