No shutdown or curfew, normalcy returns to Kashmir Valley

Authorities have decided not to impose curfew or restrictions anywhere in Valley.

Last Updated: Sep 05, 2010, 12:15 PM IST

Srinagar: Life returned to normal here on Sunday as the separatists asked people to resume routine activities and the authorities decided not to impose curfew or restrictions anywhere in the Kashmir Valley.

"No curfew or restrictions are in place anywhere in the Valley today (Sunday)," a police officer said here.

This is the first time in the last three months that authorities decided not to impose curfew or curfew-like restrictions anywhere in the region after the present unrest started June 11.

Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani has appealed people to resume normal activities Sunday as per the protest calendar issued by him as part of his group`s `Quit Kashmir` campaign.

People were seen shopping and some educational institutions were open despite being a Sunday.

"This happens only in Kashmir. Who would believe it is a public holiday today? Shops, other businesses, public transport and some educational institutions are functioning here," said Abdul Gani Bhat, 51, a local businessman here.

"Anyway, it`s nice to see people going around to shop for the coming Eid-ul-Fitr," Bhat added.

After the holy month of Ramadan ends around the 10th of this month, Muslims will celebrate the Eid festival due on September 11.

Authorities did not impose any curfew or restrictions here on Saturday as well to ensure people could preparing for Eid festivities.

So far, as many as 65 people have lost their lives in the ongoing unrest in the valley that started June 11.

IANS