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Strike throws life out of gear in Valley

August 23, 2008 12:54 IST

Normal life came to a grinding halt in the Kashmir Valley as a three-day strike call given by separatists over the Amarnath land row began on Saturday.

Coverage: The Amarnath crisis

Roads wore a deserted look as both public and private transport kept off the roads.

Business establishments, markets, government offices, educational institutions, banks and other semi-government organisations remained closed in Srinagar [Images] and elsewhere in the Valley, official sources said.

There was no report of untoward incident from any part of the Valley, they said.

The Coordination Committee -- an amalgam of separatists, social organisations, traders' and employees' bodies -- on Friday decided to observe a complete shutdown in the Valley for three days beginning today over the Amarnath land agitation.

However, ambulances are being allowed to move on the roads, the sources said.

After weeks of violence, Kashmir was by and large peaceful in the last four days when the committee had suspended the stir.


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