Highway connecting Kashmir with rest of country remains closed

The national highway, connecting the Kashmir valley with the rest of the country and historic Mughal road remained closed for security reasons since Saturday, also affecting Amarnath yatra.
For the security and safety of passengers and truckers, the highway remained closed, a traffic police official said this morning.
There were fresh violent protests at different places on the highway, particularly in the south Kashmir and Banihal.
He said no vehicle, passenger or heavy vehicle was allowed from Jammu or Srinagar, as there was apprehension of more trouble today, last day of the two-day strike called by the separatist organisations against the civilians killings in security forces firing.
Massive protests and violence were witnessed during the past two days, when separatist had called for a strike in protest against the killing of top Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani and two other militants in an encounter in Anantnag on Friday evening.
Traffic on the highway will be resumed as soon as the situation improves, they said.
However, official sources said some people left Kashmir valley for Jammu early in the morning to cross the Banihal before the sunrise to avoid any protests at different places.
Meanwhile, traffic on the historic Mughal road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, has also been suspended for security reasons.
No vehicle was allowed from either side of the road, they said. Hundreds of vehicles, including trucks loaded with essentials for Kashmir and fruit are stranded at Jammu and Srinagar due to closure of the highway and Mughal road.
However, the national highway, connecting the Ladakh region with Kashmir was through for traffic.

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