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Kashmir Valley back to life after shutdown (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II)

After the shutdown called by separatist groups stretched on for 133 days, Kashmir Valley is back to normalcy.

Background:
The killing of militant commander Burhan Wani in an encounter on July 8 had plunged the Kashmir Valley in a cycle of deadly street violence, with 94 people dead and over 15,000, including security forces, being injured during this period.

Of late, separatist leaders, especially Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik, were facing pressure from the transporters to relax the shutdown to allow them earn their livelihood.

Ban on mobile net lifted:
The return of normalcy also allowed the authorities to lift the ban, imposed on July 5, on mobile internet services in Kashmir, bringing relief to more than 35 lakh users. However, internet services on pre-paid users continue to remain barred.



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