Normal life resumes in Valley

Normal activities resumed in Kashmir Valley after hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference, headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani toned down its protest calendar, ahead of Eid-ul-Azha festival next week.

Last Updated: Nov 09, 2010, 17:59 PM IST

Srinagar: Normal activities resumed in
Kashmir Valley on Tuesday after hardline faction of Hurriyat
Conference, headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani toned down its
protest calendar, ahead of Eid-ul-Azha festival next week.

The main markets in Srinagar and other major towns of
the Valley wore a festive look as private offices, shops and
business establishments reopened this morning after the
Hurriyat exempted the day from its strike-cum-protest
calendar.

All modes of transport were also plying on all routes.
However, massive traffic jams continued to trouble people
on the main routes within the city and those connecting
Srinagar with other district headquarters.

A police spokesman said law and order situation in
the Valley including Srinagar remained peaceful.

"There were no reports of any untoward incident from
anywhere so far," he said.

He said since the situation remained by and large
peaceful, there was no curfew or restrictions anywhere.

However, officials said security forces have been
deployed in sensitive areas as a precautionary measure to
maintain law and order and foil any attempt to disturb peace.

On November 7, Geelani-led Hurriyat, which is
spearheading the ongoing agitation in the Valley, issued a
fresh 12-day protest-cum-strike calendar, exempting nine days
from the purview of the strike.

Kashmir Valley has been in the grip of protests, strikes
and curfew since June when a 17-year-old boy was killed by a
tear smoke shell allegedly fired by police at Rajouri Kadal
area of the city.

PTI