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Kashmir moves towards normalcy after curfew lifted

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Last Updated: September 02, 2008, 14:10 IST

Kashmir moves towards normalcy after curfew lifted

Offices and shops have opened and traffic is back on the road.

Srinagar Offices, shops and business establishments opened for work and traffic was back on the road on Tuesday as curfew was lifted in the Kashmir valley, though restrictions continued on the assembling of more than four people.

“Curfew has been lifted from throughout the valley today. Restrictions under Section 144 of the criminal penal code according to which assembly of five or more persons is deemed unlawful would, however, be strictly enforced,” said a senior police officer.

Senior separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, who had been arrested on August 24 and August 25, were released on Monday.

The joint coordination committee of both the Hurriyat groups has also asked people to resume normal activities for three days -- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

“The future programme of the joint coordination committee would be announced on Thursday,” a spokesperson told reporters.

Curfew had been imposed in the valley on August 24, the eve of the proposed separatist march to the city centre Lal Chowk here.

The dispute over land for the Amarnath pilgrims led to polarisation in Jammu and Kashmir, with Hindu majority Jammu for the move and Muslim dominated Kashmir against it. The controversy snowballed into major protests with curfews and shutdowns paralysing life in both parts for almost three months.

On Sunday, the agreement to set aside 40 hectares of land for the Amarnath pilgrims during the duration of the pilgrimage led to Jammu quietening down, though protests were still heard in Kashmir.

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first published:September 02, 2008, 14:10 IST
last updated:September 02, 2008, 14:10 IST