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Kashmir: Life limps back to normal as public transport, businesses resume

india Updated: Nov 15, 2016 13:22 IST
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Students leave examination halls after appearing in the board examination, in Srinagar on Monday. (PTI)

Public transport resumed operations on Tuesday for the first time in more than four months since the unrest began in Kashmir, which is gradually returning to normal.

The Class 10 board examinations started on Tuesday, a day after Class 12 exams began, marking the first major educational activity in the Valley, where schools were shut due to violence triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in an encounter by security forces.

The separatists, however, continue to issue weekly programmes of protests and strike.

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Officials said apart from buses, there was an increase in the number of cabs and auto-rickshaws plying the summer capital here.

The increased movement of transport and people gave a semblance of normalcy in the city, with the authorities deploying more traffic police personnel to man the roads after traffic snarls were reported at a few places, they said.

Similar reports of increased movement of people and transport were received from other district headquarters of the Valley, the officials said, adding inter-district transport has also significantly improved.

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However, some other facets of life remained affected for the 129th consecutive day due to the separatist-sponsored strike.

Some shops were open in several areas in the civil lines and outskirts of the city as well as in a few of the rural areas in other districts of Kashmir, but many remained shut.

Many vendors had put up their stalls along TRC Chowk-Batamaloo axis through Lal Chowk city centre, while banks opened across the Valley and witnessed a rush of customers.

As many as 85 people, including two police personnel, have been killed and several thousand injured in the ongoing unrest in the Valley. Around 5,000 security forces personnel have also been injured in the clashes.