May 2017 News

Normalcy Returns To Valley After 4 Days

31 May 2017
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: As normalcy returned in other parts of the Valley after three day shutdown, the Tral and Pulwama townships in south Kashmir observed shutdown for the 5th consecutive day on Wednesday. The shops, business establishments, petrol pumps, government offices and banks reopened in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley after remaining closed for three days due to shutdown called by separatists and restrictions imposed by authorities after killing of Hizb commander Sabzar Bhat on Saturday. The public transport was also back on roads. Massive traffic jams were witnessed in different parts of the Valley. The mobile pre-paid telephony, which remained suspended in Kashmir for last four days, was resumed yesterday evening. However, the mobile internet services remained suspended. The services were suspended on Saturday after the killing of Sabzar and his associate Faizan. However, in Pulwama, the markets remained closed after forces fired tear shells to quell the youth, who had to roads to stage protest. A tear gas shell landed inside a medical shop in Pulwama town. 'The chemist, Ghulam Mohi Ud Din Sheikh was injured after the tear gas shell he tried to throw out of his shop which exploded in his hand. He was rushed to district hospital Pulwama for immediate treatment,' the locals said. The Tral township remained shut for the 5th consecutive day today. All shops and business establishments in the area remained closed while public transport was off the roads. In Tral-Awantipora area, the mobile phone services remained blocked for the fifth consecutive day. However, classwork in all schools and colleges in the districts of Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama and Budgam has been suspended for the day as a precautionary measure. All higher secondary schools and colleges in Srinagar have were closed for today. The classwork in few higher secondary schools and colleges in the districts of Ganderbal and Kupwara had also been suspended for the day, but university-level examinations were being conducted as per the schedule.