Shutdown, restrictions continue in Kashmir for 111th day

Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir) [India]: The shutdown and restrictions in the restive Kashmir valley continued for 111th day on Thursday.

Normal life remained paralysed due to shutdown and restrictions imposed by the authorities at various critical places to foil separatist-sponsored strike call.

Meanwhile, police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel have been deployed in all district headquarters, including Srinagar city, to foil the separatists call for protest as extended till November 3.

At least 80 civilians have been killed and thousands wounded in over three months of clashes between protesters and security forces, sparked by the killing of a field commander of separatist militant group Hizbul Mujahideen Burhan Wani by security forces on July 8.

The separatists, who accuse the Indian security forces of using excessive force, have repeatedly extended their shutdown call. The current shutdown programme is scheduled to last till October 27.

Small traders, street vendors and transporters, who survive on their daily incomes, have been hit the hardest.

Reportedly, the traders are suffering losses of Rs.1.35 billion every day. (ANI)