The Valley bustled back to life as authorities lifted the nine-day long curfew on Tuesday. Shops, business establishments, schools, banks, courts and government offices opened.
The lifting of curfew coincided with the beginning of the holy month of Ramzan. However, the crowds thinned after four.
The Kashmir Co-ordination Committee, spearheading the campaign for the right to self-determination, has asked people to close business at 4 pm.
The committee is an association of separatist groups, traders, lawyers and employees’ organisations.
Authorities released Hurriyat leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Yasin Malik on Monday night.
Over half a dozen persons were killed across the Valley during the curfew period.
EC calls meet on polls
The Election Commission will meet leaders of various political parties in the state on September 8 to discuss the possibility of holding assembly polls before the expiry of the six-month Governor’s rule on January 10.
Inputs from Aurangzeb Naqshbandi