Separatist shutdown continued in Kashmir on Tuesday despite relaxation of curfew in the Valley. “Except for Pulwama town and two police station areas of Nowhatta and MR Gunj in Srinagar, there would be no curfew anywhere in the Valley,” a senior police official said.
“In order to maintain law and order, restrictions under section 144 CrPc will, however, continue.” Union Home Minister, Rajnath Singh is set to visit the troubled state on September 4 heading an all party delegation to the Valley which will hold meetings with local leaders aiming to stop the unrest.
Officials, however, said the delegation has no plans to meet any separatist leader who have been put under detention. Separatists have extended their protest shutdown call up to September 1 asking people not to resume normal activities.
No major markets or public transport moved on the roads in Srinagar and elsewhere in the Valley on Tuesday after curfew had been lifted from most parts of the troubled regions. Private vehicles filled the streets as banks and government offices opened to a wave of customers for the first time in 53 days. However, the curfew was imposed again as clashes broke out in parts of Srinagar and the Valley. In parts of the old city of Srinagar, protesters pelted vehicles with stones and clashed with security forces. All educational institutions remained closed.
71 people including 68 civilians and three policemen have been killed and over 11,000 injured in the unrest that started in Jammu and Kashmir on July 9 post the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani by security forces.