Curfew and security restrictions in the Kashmir valley were withdrawn on Wednesday despite a shutdown call by hardline leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani. A police spokesman said the decision not to impose curfew was taken because situation was improving.
“The preceding night went peacefully. There were no reports of any untoward incident. The situation now is normal and under control throughout the Kashmir valley,” the spokesman said. Most schools remained open in Srinagar because of pre-board examinations. Private vehicles moved normally. However, public transport was thin on the ground and most shops at commercial hub Lal Chowk and downtown (close to the central part) Srinagar did not open. Trouble erupted in uptown (further from the central part) Srinagar when stone-throwing protesters took to the streets and attacked the security forces in Maisuma, a stronghold of JKLF chief Yasin Malik.
The area has been relatively calm in the past two months. “Miscreants attempted to disrupt peace in the afternoon in Maisuma and threw stones at the security forces,” said a police spokesman.
The police said they exercised utmost restraint in dealing with the situation.
“The miscreants were chased away and the situation in the area was controlled. Vehicular movements in the area resumed,” the spokesman said.