Normalcy returns to Kashmir, internet restored after two days
In view of the first death anniversary of Burhan Wani, internet services were snapped on Thursday night as a precautionary measure. Authorities had also imposed curfew in Shopian, Tral and Trehgam while strict restrictions were enforced elsewhere in the Valley on Saturday.india Updated: Jul 09, 2017 21:56 IST
After two days of restrictions and strike, life in Kashmir returned to normal on Sunday and the authorities restored all internet services which were suspended in view of the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen “commander” Burhan Wani.
As Kashmir remained by and large peaceful on the anniversary on Saturday, there were no restrictions on the movement or assembly of people anywhere in the Valley on Sunday, officials said.
Shops and other business establishments opened across the Valley Sunday morning while public transport also plied smoothly.
Authorities had imposed curfew in three towns - Shopian and Tral in south Kashmir and Trehgam in north - while strict restrictions were enforced elsewhere in the Valley on Saturday.
The separatist camp, including Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the Yasin Malik-led JKLF, had called for a strike on Saturday.
Restrictions had also been imposed in parts of Kashmir, including in five police station areas of Srinagar - the summer capital of the state on 7 July- as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.
The restrictions were lifted after two days this morning as the situation remained by and large peaceful on Saturday on Wani’s first death anniversary, the officials said.
“There were few incidents of stone-pelting on Saturday, but by and large the situation remained under control and peaceful,” the officials said.
A woman was injured when she sustained multiple pellet injuries in one such clash in Shopian town.
Internet services were also snapped on Thursday night as a precautionary measure.
“All internet services, including broadband and high- speed mobile internet, have been restored in Kashmir,” said an official.
He added that the services were restored in view of the “improving situation”.
While the 2G mobile internet services were restored during the night, the high-speed (3G and 4G) internet services were restored this evening.
The BSNL’s broadband service was resumed this morning, said the official, adding that all the social media sites were also working across all the platforms.
Wani was killed in an encounter with the security forces in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on July 8 last year.
His killing had triggered massive protests and prolonged periods of curfews and shutdowns across the Valley.
As many as 85 people were killed and thousands injured in the daily clashes between the security forces and protesters for a period of over four months.