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Shoppers swarm Sunday markets in Kashmir

Sunday markets witnessed unusual buzz in Srinagar with shoppers swarming the street-side flea market. In response to no-protest call by Hurriyat, the authorities relaxed curfew and security restriction in most parts of the valley on Sunday

india Updated: Oct 17, 2010 23:09 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times

Srinagar witnessed an unusual buzz on Sunday as shoppers swarmed the street-side flea market. In response to a no-protest call by the hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference, the authorities relaxed curfew in most parts of the Valley.

The flea market had been closed since Eid-ul-Fitr as clashes between security forces and protesters had left nearly 20 dead on September 13.

Shopowners have been hit by the violence that has plagued the state since June 11.

"Though one cannot make up for the losses of the last four months, I am happy I did good business today," said Ejaz Ahmad, who sells garments on a cart.

The day passed off peacefully with no major reports of stone throwing or protests.

Hundreds of shoppers haggled and bargained in the city's commercial hub Lal Chowk, as the Valley remained peaceful for the second consecutive day.

"This was the longest weekend in the Valley in the last four months. People were able to stock goods and buy essentials at ease. I decided to meet my friends and relatives," said Mohammad Yaqoob Qureshi, a retired headmaster, who lives at Lal Bazaar.

However, there was restriction on the movement of people and traffic in north Palhalan and Delina towns. "There was no curfew anywhere in the Valley on Sunday. However, there were restrictions in Palhalan and Delina towns of Baramulla district," police said.

First Published: Oct 17, 2010 18:34 IST