Restrictions, shutdown affect normal life across Kashmir

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Srinagar, Normal life was on Monday crippled in Kashmir Valley due to a shutdown called by resistance leaders against the ill treatment of Kashmiri detenues in jails within and outside Jammu and Kashmir.

Curfew-like restrictions were imposed in the downtown and areas falling under two police stations in the civil lines and old city since early Monday morning.

Shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the road in civil lines and uptown Srinagar though few private vehicles, besides cabs and three-wheelers, could be seen plying on some routes.

All educational institutions remained closed while rail service has been suspended as a precautionary measure following strike called by separatists in the valley.

Business and other activities remained crippled in main business hubs of the city, including historic Lal Chowk, the nerve-centre of summer capital, Budshah Chowk, Regal Chowk, Maisuma, Hari Singh High Street (HSHS), Batmaloo, Moulana Azad Road, Residency Road and Dalgate.

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