Commercial Activities Resume in Sopore but Fear Persists



After four days of shutdown against the target killings of civilians, the commercial activities in north Kashmir’s Sopore Town of Baramulla resumed but fear among local populace persists.

Sopore, also known as Apple Town, witnessed a series of killings since May 25. A total of six civilians including former militants and a Hurriyat have been killed so far. The pro-freedom leadership and United Jihad Council (UJC) blame “Indian agencies” for the killings while police said a Hizbul Mujahideen splinter group is involved in the assassinations.

A local trader, who insisted not to be named, told Srinagar-based news agency GNS over phone that all the shops, commercial establishments and education institutes resumed their activities routine activities today. “All the markets were open in the Town. The shops witnessed good rush of customers and day passed off peacefully,” he said.

“But,” he quickly said, “fear persists and there is no decline in it. People are terrified and we can’t say that normalcy has returned. The situation is still worse and the lull which we are seeing from past few days is because of the heavy security measures.”

A police officer said that the situation in the Town remained peaceful. “But, we are alert and cautious,” he said.

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