July 3, 2009 1:53:07 pm
Normalcy returned to most parts of Kashmir valley on Friday after separatists called off their strike to protest against police firing in Baramulla which left four persons dead.
Government offices,banks,courts,business establishments,educational institutions and semi-government institutions opened in Srinagar,Budgam,Ganderbal,Anantnag,Kupwara,Bandipora and Kulgam districts this morning as both factions of Hurriyat Conference asked people to resume their normal activities.
Transport,both public and private,also resumed operations on all routes.
However,life remained crippled in Baramulla,55 kms from Srinagar,and Sopore towns for the fifth consecutive day on Friday owing to curfew imposed after the firing by police and paramilitary forces on agitators protesting against the alleged misbehaviour of police with a woman in Baramulla.
The district authorities in Baramulla have also cancelled all examinations scheduled for Friday and Saturday in view of the tense situation.
Border town of Uri in Baramulla district,100 kms from here,also observed a complete shutdown today to protest the Baramulla police firing of June 29,officials said.
They said shops and business markets and educational institutions remained closed in the entire town in response to the call given by local citizens’ council. Normal life in Pulwama,Shopian and Larkipora also remained crippled for various reasons.
Violent clashes broke out in Pulwama on Thursday after a police vehicle crushed two people and another youth was critically injured in the subsequent police action.
In Larkipora,90 kms from here in Anantnag district,also observed a shutdown in support of the demand for whereabouts of a 16-year-old youth,Basharat Ahmad,who went missing after being summoned by an army unit in the town on Sunday last.
Police on Monday had registered a case against Army unit after hundreds of people staged massive demonstration demanding to know the whereabouts of Basharat.
Shopian,52 kms from here,the scene of rape and murder of two women allegedly at the hands of security forces,remained on boil for the 35th consecutive day on Friday.
The citizens of the town demanded identification and punishment to the culprits involved in the heinous crime.
In interior Srinagar,citizens of Bohrikadal,Nawab Bazar and Gojwara staged protest against the paramilitary forces alleging that they entered into their houses and ransacked it on Thursday night.
Meanwhile,in separate statements,both faction of Hurriyat Conference asked people to resume their normal activities on Friday.
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