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Normalcy returns to Kashmir valley after four days

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times   Srinagar , July 22, 2013
First Published: 19:03 IST(22/7/2013) | Last Updated: 19:06 IST(22/7/2013)

Normal life returned in Kashmir valley on Monday, four days after violent clashes and curfew brought everything to a standstill, in the wake of alleged desecration of the Quran and killing of four civilians in Ramban area.

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Government offices, business centres and banks reopened in Srinagar and other 10 districts of the Valley, reeling under curfew and protests for the past four days. More than 100 people, mainly security personnel, were injured in the wide spread demonstrations.

However, there were reports of minor clashes from north Kashmir's Bandipora area. A shutdown was also observed in parts of Bandipora area, 49 km away from Srinagar.

"No major protest was reported today," said a senior police official.

The tension started brewing on Thursday last when the news of four people being killed in the BSF firing and the Quran allegedly being desecrated came from Ramban's Gool area, more than 150 km south of Srinagar.

The incident triggered protests followed by a imposition of curfew by the authorities. Separatist leader Syed Ai Shah Geelani had called for a three-day shutdown following the incident, which ended on Sunday.

Around 40 protesters have been rounded up by the police in the past four days. Therefore, tension continues in the areas from where these youths belong.

Meanwhile, Geelani had appealed to people to carry out peaceful demonstration after upcoming Friday prayers against desecration of the Quran and the fresh arrest spree. "July 26 will be observed as 'Unity Day' between Muslim population of Jammu and Kashmir provinces in the memory of Gool Ramban martyrs," said Geelani in a statement issued from his Srinagar residence, where he continues to be under house arrest.

He has asked the Facebook users to upload slogans on Friday and share pictures of those killed in the firing. " The Gool tragedy has proved  that spirit and passion of the people of Jammu towards Islam and the Kashmir struggle has not declined," he said.

A spokesman of the separatist JKLF on Monday said its leader Yasin Malik and his associates continued to be behind the bars since Thursday.


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