Curfew Lifted from Entire Kashmir but Separatist Strike Continues

File Photo, Srinagar. Credit: PTI

File photo, Srinagar. Credit: PTI

Srinagar: Curfew was lifted today from the entire city of Srinagar following improvement in the situation, even as the death toll from clashes between security forces and protestors climbed to 72.

Musaib Nagoo, who was injured during clashes on Sunday in Sopore town of Baramulla district, succumbed to injuries at a hospital in Srinagar last night, a police official said. With this death, the toll in the ongoing unrest has reached 72, while more than 10,000 others have been injured.

Although authorities lifted curfew from the seven police station areas of the city after two days, normal activities remained suspended due to a separatist sponsored strike.

Curfew has been lifted from Srinagar and so no area in Kashmir is under curfew today, a police spokesman said.

The spokesman, however, said restrictions on the assembly of people would remain in force across the Valley, in order to maintain law and order.

Shops, business establishments and petrol pumps continue to remain shut during the day. They only open in the evening, when the separatists announce a relaxation in the strike on some days of the week.

Schools, colleges and other educational institutions also continue to remain closed.

However, the attendance in government offices and banks has showed signs of improvement in the past few days, officials said.

Public transport also continues to be off the roads.

The separatists, who are spearheading the ongoing agitation, have extended the shutdown programme till September 8.

As part of their weekly protest programme, they have called for peaceful protests by women today, while announcing a 12-hour relaxation in the strike starting at 6 pm today.