Curfew Lifted In Most Parts Of Kashmir Banks, Govt Offices Reopen, Cars Backs On Road :- From Monday, Life in Kashmir started limping towards normalcy because authorities lifted curfew from entire Kashmir Valley except three police station areas.
A police official said that Curfew has been lifted from Kashmir, but Pulwama town and the areas in Srinagar falling under the jurisdiction of police stations M R Gunj and Nowhatta is still under curfew.
He said that the curbs were lifted following improvement in the situation. The official said that the security forces will remain deployed in strength in sensitive areas of the Valley to maintain law and order.
Curfew was clamped in entire Valley on July 9 following violence in the aftermath the killing of terrorist Burhan Wani in an encounter in Anantnag district of south Kashmir on 8th July.
68 people, including two cops, killed and more than 8000 injured in the violence.
The official said that on Monday morning, public transport continued to be off the roads, but the movement of private cars and auto-rickshaws on the roads in Srinagar started.
Minor traffic jams were seen along the Rajbagh-Jawahar nagar-Rambagh. Major traffic jams at the commercial hub of Lal Chowk due to the increased movement of private vehicles.
The banks were also open and witnessed a massive rush of customers as they opened after the 52 days of violence.The attendance in government offices also showed an upward trend with a majority of employees reporting for work.
The educational institutions, colleges, schools, and shops remained closed due to the strike called by separatists groups.
In their weekly protest programme, the separatists said that except for essential services, lock down all government offices and do not allow any employee towards the government offices for joining.
The Internet and mobile calling continued to remain suspended in the Kashmir Valley. The outgoing facility on prepaid mobiles remained banned.
The separatist camp has extended the strike call in the kashmir valley till 1st September. The separatists camp is spearheading the agitation in the Kashmir Valley over civilian killings during the protests against the killing of terrorist Burhan Wani.