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HindustanTimes Fri,11 Jul 2014

Life returns to normal after curfew in Kashmir

UNI  Srinagar, February 18, 2013
First Published: 11:16 IST(18/2/2013) | Last Updated: 09:32 IST(19/2/2013)

Life returned to normal in Kashmir after remaining paralysed due to curfew restrictions and strike called by separatists in protest against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru in Delhi's Tihar jail on February 9.

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Shops and business establishments reopened in Srinagar and other district and tehsil headquarters in the Valley where curfew was imposed immediately after the execution of Afzal as there was apprehension of violence following a strike called by separatist organisations, including both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference.

The curfew was lifted on February 16 though there were some incidents of stone pelting in different parts of the Valley.

Life remained affected after the breakaway Hurriyat extended the strike call for another two days, which ended yesterday. It affected the famous Sunday Market in the Civil Lines, which
attracts thousands of people from all parts of the Valley.

Life returned on Monday to normal with shops and business establishments open and traffic plying on all routes normally.

Work in government offices and banks was also normal. The Power Development Department (PDD) has also started distributing electric bills to consumers which could not be done because of
curfew and strike.

Business and other activities also resumed in other parts of the Valley since this morning.


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