Finally after remaining shut for more than a week, the authorities relaxed the curfew in south Kashmir's Shopian town on Thursday, which was on the boil since September 7, when five youth were killed in the CRPF firing.
Stone pelting incidents, however, marred parts of Srinagar's old city,, as the police started a detention drive of known protesters ahead of Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq's Shopian march on September 21.
The town observed a complete shutdown, but the authorities, without any formal announcement, eased restrictions in the afternoon in Shopian town. There were no major reports of protests. However, minor incidents of stone pelting were reported in the evening.
In Srinagar, stone pelting started in parts of the old city after a youth was arrested from Nowhatta area, Mirwaiz's bastion.
Stone pelting also started in adjacent area of Khanyar, when the police raided a hotel looking for a youth involved in the protests.
The police started with the drive against known protesters ahead of Mirwaiz's scheduled Shopian march. He asked all Hurriyat leaders to march for their respective districts towards Shopian on September 20 "to end continuous curfew that has made life miserable in the district".
The police on Thursday evening made necessary security arrangements to foil the march and ensure no major protests breaks out in city.
The town, 55-km south of Srinagar, had roiled into violent protests, when four youth, including a militant, were killed in CRPF firing on September 7. Another protester was also killed on September 11.
The government has ordered an inquiry following a huge public outcry and contradicting statements issued by the police and the CRPF about the credentials of those killed.
People's Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti also visited the town for the first time to meet people.
Hardline Hurriyat chairman has also called for protests after Friday prayers and has issued a shutdown call for September 21 against the killings and continuous curfew in Shopian district.