Curfew was lifted today from all parts of Kashmir but normal life was disrupted in the Valley due to a three-day strike call given by hardline Hurriyat Conference to focus on the Kashmir issue during US President Barack Obama's visit to India.
A police spokesman said curfew has been lifted from all parts of Kashmir and the situation across the Valley so far was peaceful. "There is no curfew or restrictions in place anywhere in the Kashmir Valley," he said.
Curfew was imposed in nine police station areas of Srinagar city yesterday as a precautionary measure as authorities apprehended protests and stone-pelting incidents in these areas after Friday congregational prayers.
The life in the Valley, however, was disrupted due to the strike call given by the Hurriyat Conference headed by Syed Ali Shah Geelani to highlight the Kashmir issue while the US President was in India. Geelani had asked people to observe 'civil curfew' for three days from today, when Obama arrives in the country.
Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani called for a three-day shutdown in the Kashmir Valley beginning Saturday to coincide with US President Barack Obama's visit to India. The authorities, however, did not impose any curfew here.
"It does not matter whether anybody talks about us or not. The fact is that peace in South Asia would remain elusive unless the people of Kashmir are given their basic right to freedom," Geelani, who has been spearheading the Quit Kashmir campaign for over four months now, told reporters.
He was referring to media reports that Obama might not refer to Kashmir during his visit to India.
Shops, other businesses, public transport, educational institutions remained closed in Srinagar city and other major towns of the valley in response to the shutdown call, but privately owned vehicles plied in some parts here.
"No curfew has been imposed anywhere in Srinagar city today (Saturday). Restrictions have been imposed in north Kashmir Sopore, Palhalan, Delina and south Kashmir Anantnag towns, but these are purely preventive in nature," a senior police official said.
"Movements of office-goers, patients and school children are being allowed in areas under restrictions," the official said.