Curfew remains in place in certain parts of the Valley.
Srinagar: After the prolonged shutdown since July 9, Kashmir had a bit of respite last evening after strikes were relaxed. Shops and businesses opened to allow people to buy essentials.
It was short-lived, however, and the Valley shutdown and was under curfew once again following petrol bomb attacks.
One bomb was aimed at that house of Jammu and Kashmir’s education minster, Naeem Akhtar, last night, in the Parraypora area.
No casualties were reported. The minister and his wife had shifted to a high-security Gupkar Road since the BJP-PDP alliance.
A second bomb, that also had no casualties, was hurled at the road and buildings department office at the SDA colony in the Bemina area.
Markets and transport services remained closed again today, and a police official said that curfew was reinstated in areas under six police stations, in Srinagar. The areas under curfew are Nowhatta, Khanyar, Rainawari, Safakadal, Batamaloo and Maharajgunj, while restrictions of assembly of more than four people remain in place throughout Kashmir.
Agitations have continued in Kashmir to protest civilian killings by the armed forces in the aftermath of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani’s death on July 8. The unrest resulted in at least 49 deaths and 5600 people injured.
Connectivity issues that were imposed in the Valley continues to be a problem, with mobile internet still cut off. Postpaid telephone services were, however, restored on all networks, in addition to prepaid incoming services.
The protesters have called for a shutdown again, till August 5, along with a march to the Hazratbal shrine which they scheduled for Friday.
(with PTI inputs)