Kashmir is so beautiful, but not when there is violence, not when there are nervous-looking soldiers armed with submachine guns roaming around all over. If you were planning to head up to Kashmir, this is definitely not the time to go.
Kashmir had been mostly peaceful for the last few years, but for the last few days there have been violent clashes between protesters and security forces. Life in Kashmir Valley has been disrupted since last Friday, since the killing of Burhan Wani, a young Hizb militant.
Curfews and other restrictions are in place in many parts of the valley including parts of Srinagar.
Authorities have strengthened the presence of security forces in vulnerable areas of the city and elsewhere in the valley to contain the protests, a police official said. He said the restrictions were being enforced strictly on Monday to avoid any further loss of life or damage to property.
On account of a strike called by separatist groups, shops, private offices, business establishments and petrol pumps were shut. Government offices and banks are open, but with few visitors.
Public transport was completely off the roads but private cars and auto-rickshaws were seen plying at few places in the areas where there were no restrictions, they said.
In addition, Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage is suspended and no pilgrims are being permitted to go up there from Jammu.