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Curfew lifted in Kashmir valley

india Updated: Aug 20, 2008 00:23 IST
Rashid Ahmad
Rashid Ahmad
Hindustan Times
Curfew relaxed for varying periods in Jammu region

Calm returned to Kashmir on Tuesday after thousands of people hit the streets in Srinagar to demand 'azadi' on Monday.

Life returned to normal as schools, shops, banks, educational institutes and government offices functioned normally. No untoward incident was reported in the valley.

Kashmir had been reeling under violent protests amid general shutdown against 'economic blockade' by agitators in Jammu. The agitators sought the opening up of the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road.

Brisk business was witnessed in shops and offices and serpentine queues seen outside bank ATMs and shops.

At least 23 people, including senior Hurriyat leader Shaikh Aziz, were killed and hundreds injured during protests.

The spate of killings had sparked anger and the protests took a pro-freedom turn.
The committee called off the agitation for three days beginning Tuesday and has called a general shutdown and another march to Srinagar's I'd Gah. It has also asked people to offer Friday prayers jointly at the venue.

The outskirts of the city remained tense after the body of a truck driver, Lateef Ahmad Wani, reached here.

CRPF abandons bunkers

Dozens of bunkers manned by local police and CRPF lay in tatters in Srinagar. During the week-long protests, angry residents razed the bunkers and set them afire.

Fearing trouble, CRPF personnel voluntarily evacuated many bunkers. After last week’s violent protests, paramilitary troops reduced patrolling and the number of jawans was reduced "to maintain calm in the city".

CRPF admitted it had to withdraw from many bunkers. "In Safa Kadal, residents threatened to set bunkers afire if we would not evacuate," CRPF spokesman Prabhakar Triparti told HT.