Normal life affected due to shutdown in Kashmir

Aasif Suhaf, Jammu, Sep 17: Normal life remained affected in Kashmir region and some parts in the State today due to shutdown called by "Joint Hurriyat", an amalgam of separatist political parties, to protest the civilian and militant killings in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district on Saturday. There was no report of any untoward incident from any part of Valley so far. Shops, fuel stations, business establishments and educational institutions are closed in Srinagar and other areas of the city while public transport is off the roads. Very scanty private and public transport vehicles were seen plying on some Srinagar roads. The shutdown also impacted attendance in government offices, banks and post offices because of non-availability of public transport in the city and other districts of the valley.The authorities have restricted movement of people and transport in old city’s sensitive areas. A huge deployment of police and paramilitary forces personnel in riot gear has been made in the sensitive areas of Srinagar and elsewhere in Kashmir Valley.The train services from Baramulla north Kashmir via Srinagar to Banihal in Jammu region, remained suspended for the 3rd consecutive day since Saturday following killings in Kulgam. The speed of mobile internet has been reduced in south Kashmir areas and elsewhere in the Valley as a precautionary security measure.Similar reports of shutdown have also been received from other districts of the Valley.Earlier on Saturday five local militants of LeT and Hizbul Mujahideen outfits including top Hizbul commander Gulzar Padder were killed in a counter militant operation in Chowgam Qazigund area of Kulgam district, Later, a civilian youngster Rouf Ganaie from Anchidora Anantnag was killed in post gunfight clashes near encounter site in Chowgam Kulgam on which hurriyat had called for shutdown today.