Curfew relaxed in parts of Kashmir valley

Curfew remained in force in almost entire Kashmir valley due to apprehensions of street protests by the separatists after Friday prayers, but the restrictions were eased in the evening.

Srinagar: Curfew remained in force in almost
entire Kashmir valley due to apprehensions of street protests
by the separatists after Friday prayers, but the restrictions
were eased in the evening in six of the 10 districts, giving
some respite to the residents of these areas.

"There will be no curfew relaxation in Srinagar, Budgam,
Pulwama and Bandipora," a police officer said.

The curfew was not relaxed in these areas as there were
"reasonable" apprehensions of street protests after Friday
prayers.

The curfew was relaxed in the evening in six districts,
including Baramulla and Kupwara, in a phased manner, police
said, adding that there were no reports of any untoward
incident from any of the areas where the restrictions were
eased.

While curfew was relaxed in Sopore town in Baramulla from
7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, the restrictions were eased for three
hours in Kupwara town from 3:15 pm to 6:30 pm. In Trehgam and
Kralpora towns of Kupwara district, the curfew was relaxed
from 3:30 pm to 6:00 pm, they said.

At Anantnag district town and nearby Bijbehara, the
restrictions were relaxed from 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm.

The curfew was relaxed from 4:00 pm onwards in Kulgam
district town. It was relaxed for two hours in Ganderbal
district town from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm and from 4:00 pm to 7:00
pm at nearby Kangan town.

The restrictions were relaxed in Baramulla town from 5:00
pm to 7:00 pm and in Shopian town from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

The curfew was imposed even as hardline Hurriyat leader
Syed Ali Shah Geelani had modified his protest schedule to
exempt today from the agitation.

Curfew was imposed in Srinagar city on September 12 and
was extended to the entire Kashmir Valley next day following
widespread violence.

Kashmir Valley has been in grip of violent protests since
June 11 following the death of a 17-year-old boy, who died
after he was hit by a tear smoke shell during clashes at
Rajouri Kadal in interior city.

PTI

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