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Hurriyat calls off strike in valley, protests to continue

india Updated: Jun 09, 2009 12:56 IST

Normalcy returned to major towns of Kashmir valley today after the hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference ended their strike called to protest the alleged rape and murder of two women in Shopian.

A Hurriyat spokesman said that although they have not extended the strike any further, demonstrations will continue in the valley.

"There is no truth in the rumours that strike has been extended further," spokesman of Hurriyat Ayaz Akbar said, asking people to resume their normal activities.

Shops and markets, government offices, educational institutions, banks, courts and business establishments reopened this morning and vehicles were back on the roads bringing life back to normal in the summer capital that witnessed massive protests for eight days.

However, Akbar asked people to observe the programme already announced by the Hurriyat hours before its chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani along with his aides was arrested on Friday. As per the programme, students will hold demonstrations in their schools tomorrow followed by protests by office goers on Thursday.

The valley witnessed violent protests and curfew-like situation for eight days against the alleged rape and murder of Asiya (17) and her sister-in-law Nilofar (22) with authorities imposing restrictions to thwart the separatists' planned march to Shopian.