Normalcy returns to Kashmir Valley
Srinagar: Normalcy returned to Kashmir Valley Monday after nine days of curfew and strike in the aftermath of the execution of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru.
The markets in Srinagar and other major towns were abuzz with activity as shopkeepers opened their outlets this morning.
Government and private offices and other commercial establishments opened as per their normal schedule. Public transport was also seen plying on the roads.
Authorities had imposed curfew across the Valley on February 9 due to apprehensions of law and order problems following Guru's execution inside the Tihar Jail.
Separatists had called for a seven-day shutdown in the Valley, and as the authorities lifted curfew late on Friday, hardline Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani extended the strike by two days in support of the demand that Guru's body be handed over to his family for last rites.
Three persons died and over 60 others injured including 25 policemen in the clashes between protesters and security forces following Guru?s execution.