In­dia lifts cur­few af­ter 17 days

The Myanmar Times - - World -

IN­DIA lifted a cur­few in Srinagar yes­ter­day af­ter 17 days of lock­down, but pro­test­ers con­tin­ued to clash with po­lice in the main city of In­dian-ad­min­is­tered Kash­mir fol­low­ing two weeks of deadly vi­o­lence.

“There will be no re­stric­tions in any part of district Srinagar on July 26,” top ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fi­cial Fa­rooq Ah­mad Lone said in a state­ment.

It was un­clear whether the lift­ing of the cur­few was sim­ply a tem­po­rary move to al­low an­gry pro­test­ers some re­lease or if the re­lax­ation of re­stric­tions would con­tinue.

Mo­bile and in­ter­net net­works re­mained sus­pended in the city and across the restive ter­ri­tory, while a cur­few was still in force in south­ern ar­eas, where most of the 50 deaths have oc­curred.

Hun­dreds of an­gry res­i­dents ral­lied in the city yes­ter­day to protest against In­dian rule.

Shops, schools and busi­nesses re­mained shut in the city while ve­hi­cles were off the roads.

Sep­a­ratist lead­ers op­posed to In­dian rule of the dis­puted ter­ri­tory have ex­tended an on­go­ing strike to July 30, but have ap­pealed to shop­keep­ers to open for a few hours each day to al­low peo­ple to buy es­sen­tial sup­plies.

The un­rest was trig­gered by the killing on July 8 of pop­u­lar young rebel leader Burhan Wani in a gun­fight with sol­diers. –

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