Life returns to normal in parts of Kashmir that went to ULB polls on Wednesday

TNN Bureau. Updated: 10/11/2018 2:13:12 PM Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar, Oct 11: Life returned to normal on Thursday after a day-long strike called by separatists in parts of Kashmir valley which went to polls on Wednesday during the second phase of Urban Local Bodies (ULB) elections.

Meanwhile, historic Jamia Masjid, which was closed yesterday as a precautionary measure, was reopened for devotees and security forces were withdrawn from the area.

The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) had called for a strike against four phased ULB elections only in areas which went to polls on Wednesday in the valley.

Shops and business establishments reopened early on Thursday morning and traffic was plying normally on all the roads in all the 49 wards of the valley, including 19 wards of Srinagar, 16 wards of Anantnag, 11 wards of Sumbal in Bandipora, two wards of Langate in Kupwara and one ward in Watergam in Baramulla.

Traffic was also plying normally in other parts of the valley, where less number of vehicles were visible on roads.

Only three per cent electorate exercised their franchise during the second phase of ULB elections, in 49 wards of Kashmir valley amidst unprecedented security arrangements.

Security forces deployed in these areas were withdrawn though forces were still on high alert in the valley.

Checkpoints have been established at various places in the valley by security forces and vehicles are being checked thoroughly before allowing them to move ahead.

Shop and business establishments in Jamia market were also doing normal business.

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