The authorities in Kashmir lifted curfew from several areas in phases on Saturday. Demonstration and stone throwing, however, continued with one more civilian injured in north Kashmir yesterday, succumbing to his injuries in the morning in a hospital.
Rameez Reshi (22), critically injured in security forces firing on protesters in north Kashmir Sopore area, breathed his last at Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences. He was admitted on Friday evening after being hit by a bullet in Sopore’s Warpora area during demonstration. The death toll of civilians since June 11 has now risen to 50.
The authorities, however, relaxed curfew in eight police station in Srinagar and several areas in south and central Kashmir. “The curfew was lifted completely in Budgam, Ganderbal, and Handwara districts,” said a spokesman of the district magistrates.
There was huge rush of people buying essentials, grocery and LPG gas. Many areas were running out of essential stocks. “There was no LPG cylinder in my home. I am out to buy one,” said Alam Jan, a resident of uptown Srinagar’s Magermal Bagh.
Many grocery shops opened their shutters to sell good to the needy. “I have been receiving calls from local residents to open the shop,” said Gaffar Lone, a grocery shop owner in Rambagh area. The deal in curfew was given in phases for couple of hours. In many areas, the deal was extended.
There were, however, reports of protests from several areas. The security forces fired in the air to disperse a procession at Chanapora. North Kashmir’s Rafiabad area also witnessed major protest procession. By and large, the Kashmir valley remained peaceful after weeks of violent protests and deaths.