Tension in Kashsmir, schools shut, trains suspended

The state has been tense since Sunday, when 19 people - 12 militants, three Army personnel and four civilians - were killed in three separate gunfights in South Kashmir's Shopian and Anantnag districts.

Traffic on the otherwise busy Srinagar-Sonamarg road remained suspended for the second day on Wednesday.

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, had announced to march to Shopian and express solidarity with the families of those killed there.

On Wednesday, fearing law and order problems due to the proposed march, authorities chose to close all educational institutions and scheduled exams got postponed.

Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) and Central University of Kashmir (CUK) have also suspended all class work and postponed all examinations and interviews which scheduled from Monday.

Authorities deployed security forces in large numbers in Srinagar, the urban hub of a dragging separatist campaign, and other places in the Kashmir Valley to maintain peace, officials said.

Shops, public transport and other businesses remained mostly shut in Srinagar and other major towns in the Kashmir Valley on Wednesday, officials said.

Private transport, however, moved in uptown and outskirts in Srinagar.

Meanwhile, a 23-year-old youth killed in clashes with the security forces in Kangan town was buried early on Wednesday.

A complete protest shutdown marred normal life in Ganderbal district following the death of the youth.

Police on Tuesday recovered a body of a youth who was abducted by the gunmen last night before leaving his three family members injured at Hajin area of north Kashmir's Bandipora district.

Fresh clashes erupted in parts of Jammu and Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar and northern town of Kangan after a youth injured in alleged police firing succumbed in hospital.

  • Steve Townsend