Barring Pulwama town, Srinagar areas, curfew lifted after 51 days from Kashmir
Authorities on Monday lifted curfew from Kashmir after 51 days since the ongoing unrest began on July 9, officials said.
"Curfew has been lifted from the entire Valley. But, it will remain in force in Pulwama town and in areas under the jurisdiction of Nowhatta and M.R.Gunj police stations in Srinagar," a senior police official told IANS.
The decision to lift curfew was taken at a high level security meeting on Sunday evening, sources said.
Meanwhile, separatists here continued their protest shutdown despite lifting of the curfew.
In a statement issued last week, the separatists have asked people to continue the shutdown until September 1.
While public transport remained off the roads, an increased movement of private cars was seen in various areas of the city.
Reports from south Kashmir said that the curfew was lifted from Shopian, Anantnag and Kulgam towns.
However, forces have been deployed in strength in these areas to prevent any large-scale protests.
Curfew remained in place in Pulwama town.
Educational institutions, shops and business establishments continue to remain closed due to the shutdown.
Mobile Internet and incoming call facility on pre-paid mobile phones also remain suspended.
All senior separatist leaders have been placed under detention in Srinagar city.
A total of 70 people — 68 civilians and two policemen — have been killed in this present bout of violence that started on July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in a gunfight.
Over 11,000 others including civilians and security personnel were injured during this period.