Normalcy returned to most parts of Kashmir valley on Friday after separatists called off their strike to protest against police firing in Baramulla which left four persons dead.
Government offices, banks, courts, business establishments, educational institutions and semi-government institutions opened in Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal, Anantnag, Kupwara, Bandipora and Kulgam districts this morning as both factions of Hurriyat Conference asked people to resume their normal activities.
Transport, both public and private, also resumed operations on all routes.
However, life remained crippled in Baramulla, 55 kms from Srinagar, and Sopore towns for the fifth consecutive day today owing to curfew imposed after the firing by police and paramilitary forces on agitators protesting against the alleged misbehaviour of police with a woman in Baramulla.
The district authorities in Baramulla have also cancelled all examinations scheduled for Friday and Saturday in
view of the tense situation.
Border town of Uri in Baramulla district, 100 kms from Srinagar, also observed a complete shutdown on Friday to protest the Baramulla police firing of June 29, officials said.
They said shops and business markets and educational institutions remained closed in the entire town in response to
the call given by local citizens' council.