Life in Kashmir Valley on 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 2pm. 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 in the afternoon, streets wore a deserted look again with youths enforcing shutdown at many places and clashing with police, leaving six persons injured.
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.