Life remains crippled in some areas in Kashmir due to strike

Newspoint Bureau
Srinagar, April 18
Normal life remained crippled in twin districts of Kulgam and Pulwama in south Kashmir due to strike against use of disproportionate force by security forces on students in different parts of the valley yesterday.
Business and other activities also remained affected for the third successive day today in Batmaloo in Srinagar civil lines against the killing of a youth in security force firing on Saturday in the Valley.
A police official said that there were no restrictions in any part of the valley though security force remained deployed in strength to maintain law and order.However, life remained crippled in Pulwama, where situation remained tense after over 40 students, including girls, were injured in security force action in Degree College Pulwama on Saturday.
Shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the road in Pulwama for the fourth day today though a few private vehicles could be seen plying on some routes.
Hundreds of security forces remained deployed in Kulgam, where business and other activities were paralyzed due to strike called against use of disproportionate force on students outside Degree College Kulgam yesterday. Scores of students were injured yesterday when security forces burst teargas shells outside various degree colleges in the valley to disperse demonstrators, who were protesting against alleged thrashing of graduates in Degree College Pulwama on Saturday.
Meanwhile, majority of the educational institutions were closed today in Kashmir valley, where mobile internet service of all cellular companies, including Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), remain suspended for the second day in view of an upward spiral in protests by students. However, situation remained normal in other districts in Kashmir though security forces remained deployed to maintain law and order.

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