Curfew was on Saturday lifted from entire Kashmir a day after it was imposed in some areas to maintain law and order in view of the Friday congregations. Meanwhile, in fresh clashes, two youths were killed during clashes between security forces and protesters in south Kashmir.
Sayar Ahmad Sheikh was hit by a tear smoke shell in the head at Tukroo when security personnel were trying to disperse a group of stone-pelting protestors, a police official said.
Another youth, Yawar Bhat, died in security forces’ action after protestors indulged in stone pelting at Botengoo in Anantnag district, the official said.
Normal life remained affected for 64th consecutive day in the unrest-hit Valley where 75 persons have been killed and several thousand others injured in clashes since Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani was gunned down by security forces on July 8. “Curfew has been lifted from entire Kashmir,” a police official said. He, however, said curfew-like restrictions were imposed in some areas of Srinagar city like Nowhatta, M R Gunj and Khanyar.
The official said restrictions on assembly of people continued to remain in force throughout the Valley.
Authorities had on Friday imposed curfew in many parts of the Valley, including in 12 police station areas of the city. A statement issued by the Zonal Police Headquarters Kashmir said the situation remained by and large under control across the Valley. About 31 incidents of stone pelting were reported from Srinagar, Budgam, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Baramulla, Sopore, Bandipora and Handwara. At these places, miscreants assembled on the roads after Friday prayers and pelted stones on police and security personnel, it said.
Normal life also remained crippled due to restrictions and the shutdown call by separatist groups. The separatists have extended the shutdown programme till September 16. Schools, colleges and other educational institutions in the Valley continued to remain closed. Some of the areas on the outskirts and civil lines of Srinagar witnessed increased movement of private vehicles and auto-rickshaws on Saturday morning, while some shops selling essentials were also open.