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Normal life crippled in parts of south Kashmir’s Pulwama

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Srinagar, Jan 4: Normal life was on Friday crippled due to strike in parts of south Kashmir district of Pulwama against killing of three local militants in an encounter with security forces in Tral.

A police official said there were no restrictions in any part of south Kashmir, though security forces remained deployed in strength in sensitive areas, to maintain law and order.

Even though there was no strike call given by any separatist group, shops and business establishments were closed and traffic was off the roads in Tral, Awantipora and adjoining areas in Pulwama.

Work in government offices and banks was also affected in these areas due to the strike. Meanwhile, train services was also suspended for security reasons in south Kashmir, where mobile internet remained suspended in Pulwama since Thursday to prevent spread of rumours.

However, reports of normalcy were received from other parts of south Kashmir.

Three local militants were killed and as many soldiers were injured on Thursday in an encounter, which ensued when security forces launched a Cordon and Search Operation (CASO) in forest area of Tral in Pulwama.