Srinagar: Authorities on Thursday suspended traffic on 300-km Srinagar-Jammu national highway following massive protests over the firing incident in Ramban district which left several persons dead.

The highway has been closed for vehicular traffic as a precautionary measure after angry protesters took to streets and blocked the arterial road at various places between Banihal and Udhampur, a spokesman of the Traffic department said.

Officials said authorities are monitoring the situation and a decision to allow traffic on the highway - the only road linking Kashmir with rest of the country - will depend on the emerging law and order situation.

Massive protests are going on at Banihal, Ramsu and Ramban on the highway and senior police and civil officers are trying to persuade the protesters to disperse, they said. The officials said the situation is very tense but under control.

Meanwhile, JKLF Chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik condemned the firing and called for a general strike in the valley on Friday.


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