Normalcy returns to Valley

Normalcy returned to Kashmir valley Wednesday after two days of a separatist-sponsored strike to protest the death of a teenager in police firing, that had paralysed life.

Last Updated: Jun 23, 2010, 15:34 PM IST

Srinagar: Normalcy returned to Kashmir
valley Wednesday after two days of a separatist-sponsored strike
to protest the death of a teenager in police firing, that had
paralysed life.

Shops and business markets, educational institutions,
banks and semi-government offices reopened this morning after
remaining closed for two days in response to the call given by
separatists against the killing of Malla and two other youths.

However, these establishments remained closed in
Safakadal in old city, the native place of Malla, and Maisuma,
as the fourth-day ceremony of the slain youth is being
observed today.

19-year-old Javid Ahmad Malla, who was returning home
after attending funeral of his cousin, Mohammad Rafiq Bangroo,
was killed and four others were injured when CRPF personnel
opened fire on a group of agitating youth trying to set on
fire the mobile bunker of 161 battalion of CRPF at Noorbagh
locality of the old city.

The killing of Malla sparked fresh violence with the
separatists giving a call for Kashmir bandh which was
subsequently extended by another day.

Hardline Hurriyat Conference which had given the call for
strike said there would be no strike today and tomorrow.

Fresh calendar will be issued tomorrow, a spokesperson of
the conference said.

A meeting of all parties convened by moderate Hurriyat
Conference headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq scheduled for today
did not take place as authorities had either arrested leaders
of the two factions of Hurriyat and other separatists parties
or placed them under house arrest yesterday.

Five persons were yesterday injured when an irate mob,
pelted stones on police and paramilitary personnel triggering
clashes in the city, officials said.

PTI