Srinagar: Barring Islamabad district in South Kashmir and Maisuma locality of Srinagar, life across the Valley Wednesday returned to normal on the call of Hurriyat Conference (G).
Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani spearheading the â€˜Quit Kashmirâ€™ campaign, had last week issued fresh 10 â€“day-long protest programme calling for street protests and shutdown across the Valley. However, Geelani had given relaxation for a complete day on August 27, September 1 and 3 to allow people to offer congregational Friday prayers and pile us stocks in view of Ramadan.
Reports and eyewitnesses told Press Bureau of India that after remaining paralyzed for four consecutive days due to Hurriyat strike and government curbs, life in Srinagar and most of the parts of the Valley returned to normal this morning.
Â All shops, government and private offices, banks and financial institutions, business establishments, school and colleges, petrol pumps across the valley resumed their work. The markets that wore a deserted look in the past days, were bustling with shoppers.
The transport that remained affected due to the curfew, restrictions and strike also returned on almost all the roads and highways.
Many government, semi-government and private banks that resumed business activities after four day gap were over crowded with the customers. A serpentine queue of people could also be witnessed outside the ATMâ€™s.
Choked roads, traffic jams, unruly scenes were witnessed at many places in the city centre as people swarmed to make necessary purchases. Traffic cops had a tough time while regulating traffic at important roads and transaction.
The commuters travelling in the city, particularly through Maulana Azad road, residency road, Hari Singh high and Jehangir chowk faced inconvenience due to frequent traffic jams triggered by the heavy flow of traffic.
Meanwhile, tension prevailed in Miasuma locality of the uptown where a complete shutdown was observed to protest the unprovoked firing on a group of youth by a cop on Monday. Five youth, including Yasir Rafiq, nephew of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Chairman, Mohammad Yasin Malik was wounded when a cop allegedly opened fire upon the youth while they were playing carom board game in a lane. The condition of the youth remains critical.
All shops, government offices, schools, coaching centers, banks in the area remained closed as youth staged peaceful demonstrations against the police action. Fearing widespread protests and clashes, forces were withdrawn from the area.
Uneasy calm also prevailed in curfew bound Islamabad district of South Kashmir where as many as seventeen policemen were injured when protesters attacked their van in Nai Basti area last night.
Reports and eyewitnesses said that thousands of well equipped Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel and policemen were heavily deployed in Lal Chowk, Reshi Bazar, SK Colony, KP Road, bus stand, Janglat Mandi, Lal Chowk, Cheeni chowk and others areas to enforce curfew for the fourth running day today.
CRPF and police had also erected barricades and laid spools of barbed wire at many places to prevent people from taking out protest marches in the district against the killing of teenager by forces on Monday evening.