Restrictions continue for third day in parts of Kashmir

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The government has suspended mobile internet services in four districts in South Kashmir and Ganderbal district in Central Kashmir where a 22-year-old protestor succumbed to bullet wounds on Tuesday.

"Train service will remain suspended for security reasons in the Kashmir valley on Wednesday", a senior railway official told UNI this morning.

Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik, had announced to march to Shopian and express solidarity with the families of those killed there.

"All schools and colleges will remain closed today also as a precautionary measure to avoid any law and order problem in Kashmir valley", the officials said. The curbs continue as a precautionary measure to prevent protests against the killing of 13 militants in three encounters on Sunday and five civilians in the aftermath of those encounters, the official said.

The authorities made a decision to keep schools and other educational institutions closed today even as the separatists extended the strike by one day over the killings of 13 militants and four civilians in three separate encounters in the Kashmir valley. Geelani and Mirwiaz are under house arrest while Malik has been lodged in central jail, Srinagar. Most shops, petrol pumps, and other business establishments remained closed while public transport was sparse.

Private transport, however, plied in the uptown areas and on the outskirts of Srinagar.

A shutdown crippled normal life in Ganderbal district following the youth's death.

Police said in a press statement on Tuesday that they ordered a departmental inquiry into the "sequence of events and actions related to the incident".

Clashes had broken out in Kangan on Tuesday immediately after the youth's body was taken there.