Life Returns To Normal In Kashmir Valley

15 December 2008

Srinagar: After three days of undeclared curfew-like situation in the wake of restrictions imposed by the authorities to thwart protests by separatists, life returned to normal in Kashmir Valley including Srinagar today. Shops and business establishments were open and all modes of transport including private and public passenger buses were plying normally, official sources here said. Government offices, educational institutions, banks and courts were also functioning normally, as heavy movement of people on the roads was witnessed, sources said. Curfew-like situation prevailed in the valley since Friday due to heavy deployment of police and paramilitary forces in a bid to scuttle any attempt by separatists to stage protests. Restrictions were also imposed yesterday, following strike call by the separatists against Prime Minister's visit to the valley, sources said. However, people are apprehensive of a similar situation Wednesday when 16 constituencies spread over Kulgam, Anantnag, Kishtwar, Doda and Ramban go to polls in the sixth round of the seven-phased assembly elections in the state.