Curfew lifted from most parts of Kashmir

In photo: An Indian paramilitary trooper stands guard during a curfew in the Lal Chowk area of central Srinagar on September 19, 2016. Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, India Sep 20, 2016, 10.35 AM (IST)
India has lifted curfew from Kashmir, barring a few areas in the capital city of Srinagar, amid improving situations in the embattled region.

Restrictions remain in place in downtown Srinagar and Harwan area of the city, Indian police said. Curbs remained in force in Harwan after a boy was killed in Indian security forces' action on Friday.

However, unlawful assembly of more than 10 people in an area, continues to remain in force.

Normal life remained paralysed despite the 74-day curfew being lifted today (Tuesday), though there was increased traffic across the Valley.

Postpaid mobile services resumed last night, while outgoing calls on prepaid numbers continued to remain out-of-bounds across the Valley.

Indian authorities said the curfew was relaxed in view of improving security situation in the Valley.  

Sporadic incidents of stone pelting have been reported in Sopore and Shopian, but the state has remained largely peaceful, an unnamed police official told Indian media agency PTI. 

Despite the relaxation, separatists have refused to downscale their protest against the Indian government. They intend to carry on their protest campaign till September 22. 

Kashmir has been simmering ever since Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed by Indian security forces on July 8.

(WION with inputs from agencies)