Cur­few in Kash­mir Val­ley To Be Lifted Af­ter 51 Days

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Au­thor­i­ties in Kash­mir had de­cided to lift re­stric­tions from the Val­ley, ex­cept for some ar­eas yes­ter­day. This comes af­ter a record 51-day con­tin­u­ous cur­few fol­low­ing the death of Hizbul Mu­jaideen com­man­der Burhan Wani on July 8. “Fol­low­ing im­prove­ment in the sit­u­a­tion, there will be no re­stric­tions in Kash­mir val­ley from to­mor­row ex­cept Pul­wama town and the ar­eas fall­ing un­der the ju­ris­dic­tions of Po­lice sta­tions MR Gunj and Nowhatta,” said a Po­lice spokesper­son. While Pul­wama is in south Kash­mir, MR Gunj and Nowhatta fall in old city Sri­na­gar. The devel­op­ment comes in the wake of the Jammu and Kash­mir chief min­is­ter’s Me­hbooba Mufti meet­ing with In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi last Sat­ur­day and the gov­ern­ment’s an­nounce­ment that an all-party del­e­ga­tion would be vis­it­ing Kash­mir in the first week of Septem­ber. Also last Sat­ur­day, decks seemed to have been cleared for a meet­ing be­tween Kash­miri sep­a­ratists and mem­bers of the all-party del­e­ga­tion. The state gov­ern­ment have agreed no mem­ber of the del­e­ga­tion will be stopped from en­gag­ing with the sep­a­ratists, sources said af­ter Me­hbooba’s meet­ing with the PM. Last week, a del­e­ga­tion of Kash­miri op­po­si­tion lead­ers led by Na­tional Con­fer­ence’s Omar Ab­dul­lah met the Pres­i­dent and Prime Min­is­ter and un­der­lined the need for the gov­ern­ment to open talks to defuse the sit­u­a­tion in the Val­ley. Cur­few was im­posed on July 9 af­ter protests erupted against the killing of Burhan Wani in an en­counter in south Kash­mir.

Seventy civil­ians have been killed and thou­sands in­jured in crack­down by se­cu­rity forces on pro­test­ers.

It was also the first time that the cur­few and re­stric­tions were im­posed con­tin­u­ously for 51 days with­out any break since mil­i­tancy erupted in the Val­ley in 1989. Mean­while, res­i­dents in Kreeri area of Bara­mulla said that they heard gun­shots on Sun­day even­ing af­ter se­cu­rity forces launched a search op­er­a­tion. How­ever Po­lice de­nied that any shots were fired. Po­lice con­trol room Bara­mulla said that the forces laid a cor­don in Bandibala Chan­doosa which was later lifted. Hin­dus­tan Times

There had been a great deal of vi­o­lence in Kash­mir over the decades.

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