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Strike suspended; Kashmir limps back to normalcy
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August 19, 2008 13:17 IST

The Kashmir Valley, where normal life was disrupted for eight days due to the agitation to end the 'economic blockade', limped back to normalcy on Tuesday following the separatists' decision to suspend the strike for three days.

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Schools, shops, business establishments and offices opened as the Coordination Committee -- an amalgam of separatists, social organisations, traders' and employees' bodies -- decided to suspend the strike for three days beginning today. Vehicles were seen plying on all city and inter- district routes of the Valley.

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The separatists had decided to suspend the strike for three days to provide relief to students, labourers and other sections of the society who were hit by the shutdown.

However, vehicles and business establishments perched black flags atop their buildings as a mark of protest and in support of the demands of the separatist groups. The separatists had launched the agitation on August 11, demanding the opening of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road to end the 'economic blockade' of the valley in the wake of the Amarnath land stir.

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As many as 22 people were killed during the protests and in police firing in the Valley. The separatists have called for 'march to Eidgah' in Srinagar [Images] on Friday, where they will announce their future course of action.

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