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Curfew to be relaxed in Kashmir Valley

india Updated: Aug 26, 2008 22:49 IST
Uneasy calm in Kashmir valley

After three days of violence, Kashmir valley remained peaceful today barring a few protest rallies, as authorities decided to relax for a "few hours" from Wednesday the curfew enforced across all the 10 districts for the third day.

A police spokesman said some rallies were taken by protestors in Bemina in Srinagar, Achabal and Dooru in Anantnag district but there was no untoward incident and the situation remained under control.

Amid an uneasy calm, the protesters at these places were dispersed as streets in Srinagar and other parts of the valley wore a deserted look.

The state adminstration reviewed the security situation in the valley and decided to relax curfew in a phased manner to provide relief to people who had to face hardships due to restrictions for the last three days.

The decision was taken at a high level meeting of civil and police officials chaired by Governor NN Vohra in Srinagar, an official spokesman said.

The spokesman said curfew will be relaxed in a phased manner across the valley for "few" hours on Wednesday. However, sources said the relaxation would be extended if the notified periods pass off peacefully.

The administration asked the traders and businessmen to keep their establishments open during the relaxation period so that the people can buy essential items.

The death toll in the firing by security forces on curfew-defying protestors since Sunday meanwhile rose to six with one person injured in firing at Hajan in Bandipora district yesterday succumbing to injuries at a hospital in Srinagar this morning, official sources said.

Meanwhile, for the second consecutive day today, local newspapers failed to hit the stands in view of the curfew.