South Kashmir closed, north open, centre partially open

SRINAGAR: As the capital Srinagar is partially normal, the south Kashmir is completely closed because of the mourning of a number of people killed in recent days. Massive deployments were reported in almost all the urban spots in south Kashmir.

Reports reaching from south said that routine life is paralysed as transport and commercial establishments are closed. The strike is more visible in lower part comprising Islamabad, Bejbehara and Kulgam. In Arwani belt, it is like a curfew.

Arwani witnessed a fierce gun battle in which three militants were killed. The army and the counter-insurgent forces open fire on civilians in which two persons were killed.

Authorities in Srinagar had imposed restrictions in most of the old Srinagar. However, the entire belt is normal. The markets are open and people are moving around. However, there is no public transport.

Civil lines, however, were active and normal. The Sunday market is crowded and the public transport is available.

Meanwhile the army chief General Bipin Rawat has admitted that south Kashmir is difficult.

“Some parts of South Kashmir are indeed troublesome, but necessary actions are being taken to ensure that the situation there is fully brought under control. Therefore, I think there should not be any cause for worry for anyone,” Rawat was quoted saying in Kolkata. “We all are looking at bringing peace and tranquillity and I am quite sure that some of the young people, who should be having books and computers in their hands and preparing for exams for entering the IITs and IIMs, will soon be brought on the right side of the fence and they will themselves understand that they were not choosing the right path.”

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