Signs Of Normalcy Return To Kashmir Valley

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Srinagar: Increased movement of people and traffic in Srinagar and other main towns of Kashmir Tuesday hinted at return of normalcy in the Valley.

Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, and some other main towns of the Valley witnessed increased movement of people and public transport, except buses, as more people defied the separatist diktats by coming out to carry out their day-to-day activities, officials said.

They said a large number of taxis, auto-rickshaws and private cars were seen plying in the city especially in the areas in civil lines and the outskirts, including in the commercial hub of Lal Chowk here.

Inter-district cabs also plied on the routes connecting many district headquarters with the city, the officials said, adding reports of increased movement of traffic were received from other main towns of the Valley as well.

Some shops were also open in these areas, while there was huge rush of customers at banks, the officials said.

They said there were no curbs on the movement of people anywhere in Kashmir, but adequate deployment of security forces has been made on some vulnerable points to maintain law and order as well as to instill a sense of security among the people to carry out their day-to-day activities.

However, most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut elsewhere in the Valley due to the separatist-sponsored strike.

They are expected to open in the evening as the separatists have announced a 15-hour relaxation in the strike from 4 PM onwards.


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