Normal life remained affected in Kashmir Valley for the 131st consecutive day on Wednesday due to the unrest triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces in July. Most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut in Srinagar as well as in other district headquarters of the Valley due to the strike called by the separatists, officials said. However, they are expected to open later in the evening as the separatists have announced a 15-hour relaxation in the strike from 4 PM onwards.
They said while the annual board examinations were currently on, the class-work in schools, colleges and universities remained affected due to the unrest. Most of the public transport in the Valley was also off the roads.
However, in some areas in the civil lines and the outskirts of the city here as well as in some other towns of the Valley, few passenger vehicles were seen plying, the officials said, adding few shops were also open in these areas Some inter-district cabs, connecting the summer capital with other districts of the Valley, were also plying.
Many vendors had put up their stalls along TRC Chowk-Batamaloo axis through Lal Chowk city centre, while banks were also open across the Valley and witnessed rush of customers.
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