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Mobile internet services restored, curfew relaxed for three hours in J-K's Kishtwar

Press Trust of India  |  Jammu 

in curfew-bound township of and Kashmir was restored on Monday after remaining suspended for the past six days following improvement in the and order situation, a senior government said.

The curfew, which was promulgated in the town and adjoining areas Tuesday last week following the killing of senior and his by militants inside a health centre, was also relaxed for three hours from mid-day, the said.

"The situation is fast limping back to normalcy...the were restored, while the curfew was relaxed from 12.00 pm to 3 pm for the first time in the entire town," district development commissioner, Kishtwar, A S told

He said heavy rush of shoppers was witnessed in the main markets during the relaxation period, which passed off peacefully.

"We are monitoring the situation and are planning to relax curfew again later in the day," the said, adding that the situation is well under control.

The RSS leader's killing triggered violent protests with angry mourners ransacking the office of the of police, prompting authorities to impose strict curfew in the communally-sensitive town and adjoining areas.

Earlier, authorities had relaxed the curfew in a phased manner for one hour on April 12 and again for a few hours in different phases on Sunday. Minor incidents of protests were witnessed in some parts of the curfew-bound town Saturday, following which no relaxation was given in the curfew.

The continued to remain deployed and is assisting and police to maintain law and order, officials said.

The were suspended in the entire belt comprising Kishtwar, Doda and Rajouri districts Tuesday, but were restored in Doda and Ramban districts Friday night.

With no untoward incident reported in Kishtwar, the internet services were also restored there this afternoon, the officials said.

Police had picked up several over ground workers (OGWs) for interrogation in connection with the killing of Sharma and his PSO by terrorists, while a massive hunt is on to nab the culprits.

Police has also seized the car used in the attack and released a picture of its owner, Zahid Hussain, who had been absconding since the day of the attack.

Kishtwar, which is part of the Udhampur-Kathua Lok Sabha constituency, goes to polls in the second phase of elections on April 18. The campaigning has been hit badly due to curfew for the past one week.

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First Published: Mon, April 15 2019. 16:15 IST