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J&K: Barring Srinagar, curfew lifted across Kashmir valley

In a significant decision, the state government today lifted curfew across the Kashmir valley, except from six police station areas of Srinagar.

India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: September 20, 2016 18:34 IST ]
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In a significant decision, the state government today lifted curfew across the Kashmir valley, except from six police station areas of Srinagar.

The decision was reportedly taken in view of the improving situation in the valley. However, the normal life remained disrupted in the valley for 74th consecutive day. 


According to a police official of the state, curfew remains in force in five police station areas of downtown (interior city) and Harwan in Srinagar.

He added that  the curfew has been lifted from elsewhere in the Kashmir Valley. 

He said curfew was clamped in Harwan Police Station areas on Tuesday in view of the fourth day of mourning of a boy killed in security forces' action on Friday.

The official said the curbs on the movement of people were lifted, from other areas where curfew was in force on Monday, because of the improving situation.

Barring stray incidents of stone pelting in Sopore and Shopian, overall situation remained under control across the Valley on Monday and there was increased traffic and movement of people between various districts and towns of the Valley including in some areas of Srinagar city, the official said.

He, however, said that restrictions on the assembly of people under Section 144 CrPc continued to remain in force in the Valley.

Meanwhile, normal life continued to remain paralysed in Kashmir for the 74th consecutive day due to restrictions and separatist sponsored strike.

The separatists, who are spearheading the current agitation in the Valley, have extended the protest programme till September 22. They have also asked people to observe today as Women's Day.

They have not announced any period of relaxation in the strike for the week.

Shops, business establishments and petrol pumps continued to remain shut, while public transport was off the roads.

(With PTI inputs)

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