India lifts curfew from most parts of Srinagar

Most people in Srinagar chose to remain indoors on the first day of relaxation of curbs. Photograph:( Getty )

Agencies Srinagar Aug 23, 2016, 08.03 AM (IST)
Curfew was lifted from most parts of Srinagar -- capital city of India's Kashmir -- on Tuesday, forty-five days after restrictions were imposed in the troubled state.

Indian authorities had enforced curfew after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter by Indian security forces on July 8. In the aftermath of the killing, Kashmir was awash with protest and violence. 

However, curbs on movement of people will continue to remain in force in five police station areas of downtown and Batamaloo, Maisuma, and Kralkhud in the uptown parts, Indian authorities said. 

South Kashmir's Anantnag town also continues to remain under curfew. 

Indian officials said they relaxed restrictions following improvements in the law and order situation in the state.  

But normal life remained paralysed the first day of curfew being lifted. Shops, educational institutions and private offices remained shuttered and public transportation remained off road. However, a few public vehicles were seen during the day.

The administration imposed orders preventing the gathering of four or more people and mobile internet and outgoing facility on prepaid mobile numbers remain blocked.

Indian authorities had lifted the curfew in Srinagar for eight hours on Monday as well. There were sporadic cases of stone-pelting, five to be precise, reported from the city, but nothing that alarmed the Indian authorities.

A week after Wani's death, Indian authorities had imposed a statewide curfew on July 15, but Kashmiris resisted the orders by clashing with Indian forces. So far, 65, including two policemen, have lost their lives between July 9 and August 22.