Curfew lifted from old city


Srinagar, Dec 4: Authorities on Tuesday lifted the curfew from Zadibal, Nowhatta and Urdu Bazar areas of old city as no untoward incident was reported during the two hour relaxation this evening.
“The situation has improved and during the relaxation situation remained normal,” Superintendent of Police (SP) north, Tahir Saleem Khan told Greater Kashmir this evening adding there would be no curfew in these areas on Wednesday.
Curfew was clamped six days ago in Nowhatta, MR Gunj, Safa Kadal, Khanyar, Rainawari, Nigeen, Lal Bazar, Zadibal and Parimpora after clashes erupted between two groups in Zadibal area of old city last Wednesday. Later it was lifted from some areas, but it remained clamped in Zadibal, Nowhatta and Urdu Bazar areas as there were no let up in the clashes. A senior police officer said that the day passed off peacefully in curfew bound areas. He said the situation has improved and they have withdrawn the deployment from curfew-bound areas.
“After the relaxation from 4pm we did not re-impose it again,” he said and hoped that peace would prevail.
The police officer said vigil in these areas shall be maintained and nobody would be allowed to disrupt peace.
Earlier in view of shortage of essential commodities in curfew bound areas, the authorities decided to relax the curfew from 4pm to 6 pm on Tuesday.  Soon after the relaxation in curfew, the residents of these areas came out in large numbers to buy essentials and medicines. The shops opened fully and traffic also resumed.
Police and CRPF removed the blockades from the roads for smooth movement of people and traffic.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 4 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 4 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 5 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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