India lifts curfew after 17 days
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. –