Sheikh Imran Bashir
Srinagar: Normal life continues to remain paralysed across Kashmir on Thursday due to a protest strike and the restrictions imposed by the government on civilian movement.
The government has also imposed restrictions in several areas of Srinagar and some other towns in the Valley in view of the anticipated public demonstrations.
Barring Tuesday this week, shops, business establishments, educational institutions, banks, private and most of the government offices are closed across the Valley for the straight fifth week. Although public transport is off the roads in Srinagar and other major towns, skeleton private transport is seen plying on some roads.
Flights to and from Srinagar International Airport remain unaffected and the vehicular traffic from the airport plies unhindered.
According to the reports, protest sit-ins and clashes between demonstrators and security forces from Srinagar city and some areas of Handwara, Pulwama, Baramulla and Anantnag.
Protests broke out in several neighbourhoods in Anantnag, after police detained at least eight people for participating in recent anti-India street protests, police officer said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to media.
Police fired tear gas and used batons to disperse the protests, the officer told Agence India Press.
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