Curfew lifted, life goes back to normal in Valley

More protests in the offing as separatist group starts campaign

Normalcy returned in Kashmir Valley after four days of strike and restrictions with curfew lifted from all parts of the city on Sunday.

“Curfew has been lifted from all the remaining areas of the city,” a police spokesperson said.

Shops and business establishments remained open while public transport plied normally on all routes. Some private schools also opened on Sunday to make up for the loss of academic time due to curfew and strikes.

CRPF firing

Curfew was imposed in entire Srinagar district on Wednesday evening in the wake of killing of a youth in alleged CRPF firing in Zoonimar area of the old city.

Life remained normal for only five days out of first 17 days of March with government imposing curfew on nine days due to various reasons while separatists — demanding return of mortal remains of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru — calling strike on three days during the same period.

Meanwhile, Muthaida Majlis Mashwarat, an amalgam of various separatist organisations spearheading a campaign to seek return of the mortal remains of Afzal and Muhammad Maqbool Bhat, founder of pro-independence JKLF issued a fresh weekly protest calendar for the coming week.

While Afzal was hanged in Tihar Jail on February 9 this year, Bhat was sent to gallows in the same jail 29-years ago on February 11, 1984.

In a statement, a spokesperson Majlis urged people to stage protests on Monday night.
He asked college students to stage protests on Tuesday and urged civil society and human right activists to stage a protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Wednesday.

On Thursday night, he urged people in the Valley to observe a complete blackout and asked Imams to present a memorandum before people on Friday. On Saturday, the Majlis called for a Valleywide shutdown.

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