Life limping back to normal in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Sep 9: Life returned to normal in the Kashmir valley after a four-day strike and violent clashes between the security forces and processionists, that left one person dead and more than 150 wounded.

Shops and business establishments reopened in the summer capital and other major towns in the Kashmir valley this morning, after remaining closed since Friday.

Traffic on all the city and district routes was normal and government offices, banks and educational institutions were functioning normally.

However, more than two thousand people participated in the Fateha (Fourth day ceremony) of Javid Ahmad, who was killed in police firing in the downtown on Friday.

Violent clashes between pro-freedom processionists and CRPF and police since Friday left one dead and more than 150, about a dozen of them with bullet wounds, injured in the Kashmir valley. The injured included more than two dozen security and police personnel.

People in large numbers were seen purchasing essentials, including vegetables and dates.

The Coordination Committee (CC), spearheading the present agitation in the valley, has appealed to the shopkeepers to close their establishments from 1600 hrs everyday and hold peaceful demonstrations every Friday after prayers.

The CC was demanding among other things, opening up of all the roads to Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK), release of detenues, withdrawal of troops and special powers, given to security forces.

UNI

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