Kupwara Areas ‘Normal’ after Terror Square Bunker Razed to Ground

Mohammad Raafi

SRINAGAR

The army bunker which had occupied main chowk in Handwara was razed to ground on April 19, 2016. (KL Image: Mohammad Abu Bakar)
The army bunker which had occupied main chowk in Handwara was razed to ground on April 19, 2016. (KL Image: Mohammad Abu Bakar)

North Kashmir’s Kupwara district Tuesday remained calm with the authorities lifting curfew from the entire district.

Handwara and Kupwara towns and the adjoining villages had remained tense for last one week after five civilians including a woman were killed in forces firing on 12th April.

The civilians were killed during protests against an alleged molestation by an army person who was posted in Handwara chowk.

In Trehgam, witnesses said, civil society members held a meeting with the district administration and urged them to lift the curfew. “We urged them to lift the curfew for the presence of forces provokes youth to pelt stones,” locals said. The meeting was attended by Kupwara’s DC, SP and SSP.

In Handwara, relaxation was given in curfew in the morning and later when the bunker from the main chowk was razed to ground, the whole area witnessed calm, eyewitnesses from the area told Kashmir Life.

Meanwhile, DC Kupwara told news gathering agency, KNS, “there will be no restriction in the district on Wednesday.” “All the schools and colleges will open tomorrow.”

Curfew remained in place in Handwara and Kupwara areas since last Wednesday after situation remained tense amid killings. Two youth were shot dead during protests following the alleged molestation bid. In following three days, three more persons were killed when forces opened fire during protests.

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