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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Srinagar: Markets being shut and no public transport due to a protest shutdown called on Sunday by separatists against the murder of a four-year-old child and his former militant father, took its toll on daily life in Kashmir Valley.

Photo credit: zeenews.india.com
Photo credit: zeenews.india.com

Although it is a public holiday here, the weekly Sunday pavement market remained closed because of the shutdown.

Public transport also remained off the roads in Srinagar city and all other major towns and cities in the Kashmir valley.

Unidentified motorcycle-borne assailants had shot dead former militant Bashir Ahmad Bhat in Sagipora area of Kashmir’s Sopore town on Friday.

While Bhat died on the spot, his son was critically injured in the firing incident and succumbed to injuries on Saturday.

The shutdown has been called by separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani.

Six mysterious killings have happened in Kashmir’s Baramulla district in the past seven days.

On Monday, bodies of three youth riddled with bullets were recovered from an apple orchard in Dangerpora (Pattan).

On Friday, former militant Bhat and his son were killed by unidentified gunmen in Sopore and on Saturday, the bullet riddled body of Fayaz Ahmad, a militant commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, was found in Devbugh village near the Tangmarg town in Baramulla district.

Police said the three youth and the Hizbul commander were killed in internecine rivalry between the Hizbul and its breakaway faction, the Lashkar-e-Islam.

The Hizbul has blamed the security forces for all these killings.

With inputs from IANS

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Jammu city recorded 8.5 degrees Celsius, Katra 7.8, Batote 1.5, Bannihal 2.1 and Bhaderwah 0.4 as the minimum temperatures

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Fresh snowfall occurred in the Kashmir Valley on Friday as the weather office said that inclement weather would continue in the state till Sunday.

“Light snowfall in the plains and moderate to heavy in the higher reaches occurred in the today. Weather is expected to remain inclement during the next 72 hours and this is likely to affect air and surface transport to and from the valley,” a MET Department official said.

Very few people moved out of their homes on Friday morning in Srinagar city and elsewhere as a white blanket of snow covered rooftops, roads and open spaces.

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Fresh snowfall in Kashmir Valley. Wikimedia

Srinagar recorded minus 1.0 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam minus 3.0 and Gulmarg minus 7.5 as the minimum temperatures on Friday.

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Leh town recorded minus 9.5 degrees Celsius, while Drass was the coldest in the state with minus 15.2. Thursday’s maximum temperature in Drass was minus 9.1 degrees Celsius.

Jammu city recorded 8.5 degrees Celsius, Katra 7.8, Batote 1.5, Bannihal 2.1 and Bhaderwah 0.4 as the minimum temperatures. (IANS)