#Day53: Curfew Lifted From Pulwama

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

Curfew was lifted on Tuesday from the restive Pulwama town following gradual “improvement” in the situation across Kashmir, leaving the city’s MR Gunj and Nowhatta police stations as the only areas of the Valley under curbs, even as normal life remained affected for 53rd day due to strike call by resistance leadership.

“Only two police station areas in Srinagar city – MR Gunj and Nowhatta – are under curfew today,” a police officer said, adding that no other area in Valley was under curfew which was put in place in the wake of mass protests following killing of popular Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Curfew has been lifted from Pulwama town where prohibitory orders were in force till Monday, the officer said.

He said the decision to lift curbs was taken following improvement in the situation.

Curfew was lifted on Monday from the entire Valley except three police station areas after 51 days.

The officer, however, said forces have been deployed in strength in sensitive areas of the Valley to maintain law and order.

There is brisk movement of private and government vehicles in Lal and its adjoining areas in summer capital. But the Old Srinagar areas are under heavy forces deployment with no civilian or vehicular movement.

However, public transport continued to be off the roads due to the strike called by Hurriyat Conference leaders who have asked women to assemble and occupy local chowks and centres from ‘Zuhr’ (afternoon prayer) to ‘Asr’ (late afternoon prayer) in the vicinity of towns, villages and localities.

Even as schools, colleges and other educational institutions and shops remained closed due to the strike; a news reports said that attendance in government offices witnessed slight improvement since yesterday.

Forces have killed at least 71 civilians and injured thousands since July 09, 2016.

Meanwhile, mobile internet continued to remain suspended in the entire Valley, where the outgoing facility on prepaid mobiles remained barred.

The resistance camp, which is spearheading the mass anti-India uprising, has extended the strike call in the Valley till September 1.

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