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HindustanTimes Fri,29 Aug 2014

Curfew lifted in Srinagar, but situation remains tense

Toufiq Rashid , Hindustan Times  Srinagar , July 21, 2013
First Published: 19:24 IST(21/7/2013) | Last Updated: 19:30 IST(21/7/2013)

Despite tense situation here, the administration on Sunday lifted curfew imposed in Kashmir valley two days ago following the killings of protestors by the Border Security Force (BSF) in Ramban area.

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Meanwhile, protests continued in the Valley and normal life remained affected due to the strike called by Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

The curfew was imposed on Friday, a day after the Border Security Forces fired at people protesting alleged sacrilege of the Quran and assault on a local cleric by the paramilitary forces in Ramban district.
Curfew was imposed in all areas of Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal and Bandipora districts and Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Anantnag, Bijbehara and Sopore towns, which continued till Saturday.
Restrictions under section 144 of the CrPC, which does not permit assembly of four or more persons, remained in force in rest of the Valley during the past two days.
More than 100 persons, mostly security personnel, were injured in the clashes between protestors and law enforcing agencies.

In incidents of violence reported today youths were injured in north Kashmir's volatile Baramulla district after police resorted to firing with pellet guns.

One youth, who was hit in the head, has been referred to a medical institute in Srinagar.

Violent clashes between police and angry youth also erupted in old quarters of the city this afternoon.

Witnesses said hundreds of protestors tried to march forward from Rajouri Kadal area when the police fired tear smoke shells to disperse them. The protesters in turn pelted stones at the police and paramilitary forces.
Meanwhile the Amarnath Yatra, which was halted in the wake of the protests, resumed yesterday evening from Jammu.

The Jammu-Srinagar Highway too was opened for traffic after three days on Saturday.


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