Curfew in Kashmir Valley To Be Lifted After 51 Days
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.