Curfew relaxed in parts of Srinagar; toll mounts to 104

Toll in the ongoing agitation rose to 104 after a youth succumbed to injuries in a hospital.

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2010, 16:08 PM IST

Srinagar: For the second time in as many days,
authorities Wednesday announced relaxation in curfew in parts of
Srinagar, Ganderbal and Pulwama districts even as the toll in
the ongoing agitation rose to 104 after a youth succumbed to
injuries in a hospital here.

"There will be an indefinite relaxation in South, East
and West zones of Srinagar city from 3.00 pm onwards," a police
spokesman said.

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

The prohibitory order was relaxed in a phased manner in
Srinagar and other major towns yesterday but was being imposed
strictly since last night.

"The authorities will be monitoring the law and order
situation during the relaxation period and a decision will be
taken accordingly," the spokesman said.

He said there will be no relaxation in curfew in interior
parts of Srinagar falling under North and Hazratbal zones. "A
decision to relax curfew in these areas will be taken later,"
he said.

Earlier, the spokesman said curfew was relaxed in Ganderbal
district town and adjoining Kangan town around noon.

Similarly, the authorities announced relaxation in curfew
in Pulwama district town along with Awantipora town from 1.00 pm
to 4.00 pm.

Although the relaxation period passed off peacefully
yesterday, the authorities decided to impose the curfew
strictly today apparently in view of the weekly agitation
calendar issued by hardline Hurriyat Conference led by Syed
Ali Shah Geelani.

The toll in the ongoing agitation today rose to 104 after a
youth, Sajad Ahmad Pandit, allegedly injured in firing by
security forces on September 13 at Humhama in Budgam district,
died at SKIMS Hospital here early this morning, the spokesman
said.

PTI