Sheikh Imran Bashir
Srinagar: Life in Srinagar returned to normal on Sunday after nine days of a violence and curfew. Curfew was lifted in the Srinagar and most other towns in the Kashmir Valley.
Restrictions were lifted from seven police station areas that were under curfew the past week.
Majority shops reopened in the Srinagar while life was normal and commuters resumed their daily household items after nine days of heightened tension in the Valley.
City roads once again returned to life with most main roads clogged with traffic.
Curfew was also lifted from north Kashmir Sopore town Sunday, which was suffering in cycle of violence. Restrictions were withdrawn from adjacent Baramulla town as well where two youth were killed in firing by Central Reserve Police Force personnel.
Curfew was relaxed for two hours on Sunday morning in Anantnag but had to be re-imposed after groups of youths took to streets and clashed with police.
As authorities announced relaxation in curfew at 8 am for two hours in Anantnag, groups of youths came out on the roads at Lal Chowk and staged a march.
Police officer told Agence India Press that, police and paramilitary forces deployed in the town tried to disperse them and the protestors threw stones, prompting re-imposition of curfew in the town.
Curfew was imposed in Anantnag town on June 29 following death of three persons in clashes between protestors and security forces
At least 11 people have been killed in the Kashmir Valley in firing by security forces on stone-pelting mobs protesting against alleged human rights violations.