Some shops opened while passenger vehicles plied in some areas of the city and other towns of the Kashmir Valley today where banks witnessed heavy rush of customers.
Meanwhile, the death toll in the ongoing unrest in Kashmir today rose to 96 as an elderly man injured after being hit by a teargas shell outside his home two weeks ago succumbed at a hospital here.
Ghulam Mohammad Khan (76), who was hit by a tear smoke shell fired by forces in Ellahi Bagh locality of Srinagar on November 2, succumbed to injuries at a hospital this morning, a police official said. The grandson of the man said that there were no protests going on in the area when Khan was hit.
Eleswhere in the Valley, normal life remained affected for the 132nd consecutive day due to the unrest triggered by the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with security forces in July.
Shops, fuel stations and other business establishments were shut in Srinagar as well as in other district headquarters of the Valley due to the strike called by the separatists, officials said.
They said while the annual board examinations were currently on, the class-work in schools, colleges and universities remained affected due to the unrest.
Most of the public transport in the Valley was also off the roads.
However, in some areas in the civil lines and the outskirts of the city here as well as in some other towns of the Valley, few passenger vehicles were seen plying, the officials said, adding few shops were also open in these areas Some inter-district cabs, connecting the summer capital with other districts of the Valley, were also plying.
Many vendors have put up their stalls along TRC Chowk-Batamaloo axis through Lal Chowk city centre, while banks were also open across the Valley and witnessed rush of customers.
The separatists, who are spearheading the ongoing agitation since Wani's killing in an encounter with security forces on July 8, have announced two full days of relaxation on Saturday and Sunday in the agitation programme — the first full day relaxation since July 8.