Mobile internet services restored as Kashmir limps back to normalcy

  • PTI, Srinagar
  • Updated: Apr 18, 2016 20:37 IST
Public transport was off the roads in most parts of the Valley but private vehicles could be seen plying in some parts of the summer capital of the state, officials said. (Waseem Andrabi/ HT Photo)

Most parts of Kashmir started resuming normal operations after remaining paralysed for five days due to strikes and protests.

However, restrictions continued as a precautionary measure in Handwara and Kupwara towns where five persons have been killed since Tuesday.

Mobile internet services were restored across the Valley on Monday and train services between Baramulla in Kashmir and Banihal, across the Pir Panjal mountain range, resumed on Sunday morning after remaining off the tracks for four days.

Mobile internet services across Kashmir were also suspended earlier to prevent rumour mongering, a police official said.

There were no restrictions in Srinagar on Sunday, which has so far passed off peacefully with no untoward incident reported from anywhere in the valley, the official said.

He said the restrictions, imposed on Wednesday in six police station areas of the city, were lifted as there were no major protests on Saturday or no call for a shutdown.

Restrictions were imposed following the death of five people during protests against the alleged molestation of a girl by a soldier in Handwara town on Tuesday. Two more were killed on subsequent days of protests in Kupwara district.

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The police official said strict curbs on the movement of people remained in force in some parts of north Kashmir, including Kupwara and Handwara towns, for the fifth day to maintain law and order.

He said the train services in the Valley also resumed on Sunday after four days of suspension.

Severe damage to the train infrastructure has been caused in the past during protests in Kashmir and the railway authorities have used suspension of services as a method to prevent further damage to their property.

While government offices and educational institutions remained shut on account of being a Sunday, shops, fuel stations and other business establishments opened after four days in the capital city and across some other districts, the official said, adding that public transport was back on roads.

A schoolgirl in Jammu and Kashmir’s Handwara told a magistrate on Sunday that she was not molested by an army soldier, an allegation that led to five deaths as security forces fired at protesters during widespread unrest since Tuesday.

(With inputs from IANS and HT Correspondent)

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