Curfew lifted from Kashmir Valley

The law and order situation on Wednesday remained by and large peaceful in Kashmir, including summer capital Srinagar, from where curfew was lifted completely.

Last Updated: Oct 06, 2010, 21:15 PM IST

Srinagar: The law and order situation on Wednesday
remained by and large peaceful in Kashmir, including summer
capital Srinagar, from where curfew was lifted completely.

"There was no curfew in place anywhere in Srinagar and
other parts of the Valley. The situation remained peaceful
with no untoward incident reported from anywhere," a police
spokesman said.
However, he said restrictions under prohibitory orders
remained in force in Palhallan and Delina areas of North
Kashmir`s Baramulla district as a precautionary measure.

Authorities had yesterday imposed curfew in parts of the
Valley including Srinagar to thwart separatists` call for a
march to the border district of Kupwara.

However, as the day progressed the restrictions were eased
and lifted completely this morning.

Though some minor incidents of stone pelting were reported
from eight places in the city and Pulwama district town of
South Kashmir last evening, police and paramilitary forces
were deployed in the areas to maintain law and order, the
spokesman said.
As the hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference headed by
Syed Ali Shah Geelani, which is spearheading the ongoing
agitation in the Valley, today announced amendment in its
protest strike calendar by exempting transport, public and
private transport was seen plying on all routes.

However, shops in the main markets in Srinagar and other
major towns remained closed in response to the Hurriyat
protest calendar.

The Hurriyat had exempted the transport sector from the
purview of the strike in view of the annual Urs ceremony at
the famous shrine of sufi saint Sheikh Noor-uddin Noornai at
Chrar-e-Sharief in Budgam district of Central Kashmir.

While government-run educational institutions remained
closed in view of the holiday announced by the government in
connection with the ceremony, some of the private schools
and colleges remained open.

Kashmir Valley has been in grip of violent protests since
June 11 when a 17-year-old boy was killed after he was hit by
a tear smoke shell during clashes at Rajouri Kadal in the
interior city. So far, over 100 persons have been killed in
the unrest in the Valley.

PTI