Srinagar: Life in Kashmir Valley Saturday returned to normal with schools and business establishments
reopening and vehicles back on the roads for several hours
after 21 days of strike, but the relief was short-lived as
separatists again enforced shutdown and clashed with police.
Business markets, educational institutions and private
offices reopened and transport was plied on the roads across
the Valley till 2.00 pm. Traffic jams were witnessed on many roads
in view of the heavy rush of people as curbs of curfew and
prohibitory order were gone.
However, as the clock struck 2.00 in the afternoon, streets
wore a deserted look again with youths enforcing shutdown at
many places and clashing with police, leaving six persons
Youths forced the closure of businesses and shops and
within minutes the markets wore a deserted look. In some areas
in Srinagar, shopkeepers, who offered resistance, were
attacked with stones, official sources said.
In Baramulla, 55km from here, six people, including
an Assistant Sub-Inspector of Police, were injured in a clash
between stone-hurlers and police.
The clash erupted when police chased away some youths
enforcing the strike, the sources said, adding stones were also
hurled at shops and vehicles in some areas in the city but no
one was hurt.
The situation in the Valley became tense on June 11
when a teenager was killed after he was allegedly hit by a
teargas shell at Gani Stadium near Rajourikadal.