Srinagar, Apr 22 UNI | 3 months ago

Life returned to normal today in the Kashmir valley, where general strike was observed on a call by breakaway Hurriyat Conference (HC) against the arrest of hundreds of separatist leaders and supporters, opposing parliamentary elections being held in three phases from April 24.

Shops and business establishments reopened this morning and traffic on all routes was plying normal.

However, frequent traffic jams could be seen on main roads, including airport road from Rambagh to Jehangir Chowk. Traffic police personnel were back on their toes, regulating traffic.

Educational institutions, government offices and banks were also opened.

Dozens of footpath vendors on both sides of busy Amira Kadal bridge, were back, again leading to traffic jam in the area.

The HC had alleged that hundreds of separatist leaders and other supporters were either put under house arrest or taken into custody during the past one week in the valley, where Anantnag parliamentary constituency is going to polls on April 24, Srinagar on April 30 and Baramulla on May 7.

Chairman of the HC Syed Ali Shah Geelani, who has also been put under house arrest since his return from New Delhi last week, has also called for strike on all polls days.

Reports of normalcy were also received from other parts of the valley.

(Posted on 22-04-2014)