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Curfew lifted in some parts, but Shopian still struggling on 10th day

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, September 16, 2013
First Published: 20:41 IST(16/9/2013) | Last Updated: 20:42 IST(16/9/2013)

As life returned to normal in some parts of the valley after separatists' two-day shutdown, south Kashmir's Shopian district, on edge after five youths' death, continued to face a strict curfew for the 10th consecutive day on Monday.

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Meanwhile, business establishments, government offices, colleges, banks and shops reopened in the valley on Monday and heavy traffic was witnessed on the roads.

The authorities also lifted curfew and curfew-like restrictions from adjacent towns of Pulwana, Kakapora and Kulgam.

All major towns of south Kashmir were on the boil after four youths, including a militant, were killed on September 7. A protester was killed on September 11, further making the situation tense.

With the situation showing no signs of improvement in Shopian, district's deputy commissioner has instructed the security forces to treat admit cards of 4,483 candidates, appearing at 12 examination centres, as curfew passes.

The authorities have also changed the centre of candidates from Government Degree College, Shopian, to Rainbow International School, Batapora, apparently for security reasons.

“Police and security personnel have been instructed to treat the identity cards of the examination staff and the admit cards of the candidates as curfew passes on September 17,” an official spokesman said.

Hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has scaled protests for this week over the killings.

He has called for fresh protest prayers on Friday.

“A complete shutdown will be observed on September 21,” he said.

Geelani, in a protest calendar issued in Srinagar, said he would lead a procession on September 18 from his residence at Srinagar's Hyderpora to United Nation's office in Lal Chowk.

“We will hand over a memorandum to the UN secretary general Ban-ki Moon and apprise him of the killings of innocent civilians in Kashmir,” he said.

He castigated the government for imposing 10-day long curfew in Shopian. “People are facing great difficulties because of the curfew,” he said.


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