Markets open, transport plies, but uncertainity remains

Markets open, transport plies, but uncertainity remains
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SRINAGAR: Markets, private offices, petrol pumps and public transport resumed work on Saturday though restrictions on public assembly under Section 144 of CrPC remained imposed in Pulwama and Kangan towns as a precautionary measure to prevent anti-India protests.
The situation in Pulwama town became tense early in the morning after a local militant was killed by government forces on Friday night.
In Kangan, a complete shutdown was observed for the fifth consecutive day over the death in police action of 22-year-old Gowhar Rather, by what doctors said was a firearm injury in his head.
Large contingents of government forces were deployed at sensitive locations in the town to thwart any “violence”. However, high-speed mobile internet services were restored on Saturday in Kangan town after five days.
Protests continued across the Valley against the killing of 13 local militants and four civilians in three simultaneous operations in south Kashmir on Sunday. However, routine life limped back to normal as shops, fuel stations and public transport returned to business. In north Kashmir, primary and middle schools re-opened and so did markets and petrol pumps. Both private and public transport was plying in Baramulla, Sopore, Pattan, Rafiabad, Langate, Handwara, Kupwara and other areas. There were no reports of any protest or untoward incidents in north Kashmir areas. However, all degree colleges and higher secondary schools stayed shut following a government order issued the previous day.
In Budgam, police detained three persons during night raids in Beerwah area. Among the three detainees is a Hurriyat activist, local sources said. They identified the three detained persons as Asif Ahmad Dar, son of Khursheed Ahmad Dar of Rathsun village, Fayaz Ahmad Waza, a baker and resident of Beerwah, and Abdul Rahid Mir, the Hurriyat activist. During clashes in Beerwah on Friday, police had detained three persons as well.