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Restrictions, separatist shutdown hit life in Srinagar

Srinagar, July 12 (Calcutta Tube) A shutdown called by separatists and official restrictions imposed in parts of Srinagar affected life here Monday, when Jammu and Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has called an all-party meeting on the law and order situation in the state.

‘Curfew has been lifted from the entire Valley as the situation improved but restrictions are in place in some old city areas besides Batmaloo and Maisuma localities in uptown Srinagar,’ a senior police officer said here.

Markets, educational institutions, banks and other business establishments remained closed and public transport went off roads. But private vehicles plied in many areas of uptown city.

Life in Old City areas was paralyzed because of the restrictions imposed by the authorities curbing all pedestrian and vehicular movement.

Abdullah has convened an all-party meeting here to discuss the volatile situation in the valley where the army was called in to stage marches in curfew-bound towns to restore law and order following violent protests over civilian killings.

The Opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and Jammu Kashmir National Panthers’ Party have decided to stay away from the meeting.

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