Barring Pulwama and Kangan, life limps back to normal in Kashmir
Srinagar, Apr 07: After remaining paralysed due to a spontaneous shutdown Friday and earlier also in major part of the week, life limped back to normal in Kashmir on Saturday.
Except in south Kashmir districts of Shopian and Pulwama, primary and high schools opened in the Valley today. Offices and commercial establishments also opened, while public transport was also restored.
However, restrictions remained imposed in Pulwama and Kangan towns.
While the curbs under Section 144 of CrPc were imposed in Pulwama town this morning “to maintain law and order” in view of protests in the aftermath of killing of a militant in an encounter with government forces yesterday, the shutdown and restrictions continued in Kangan in Ganderbal district for the fourth day in the wake of the killing of a youth.
Gowhar Ahmad Rather was hurt during clashes between protestors and government forces in the Kangan area on Monday and succumbed to his injuries at a hospital here a day later.
Protests broke out in many parts of the Valley in the wake of killing of 13 militants and four civilians during three separate encounters in Shopian and Anantnag districts of south Kashmir on Sunday.
Following the killings, the separatists had called for a two-day strike. The authorities then imposed restrictions in many parts of the Valley.
While the restrictions from most parts of the Valley were lifted on Thursday following some improvement in the situation, protests broke out in various educational institutions which reopened after three days.
In the wake of protests in various colleges and a strike called by traders bodies, the authorities imposed curbs once again in many parts of the valley on Friday.
This morning, however, life returned to normal in the Valley, barring Kangan and Pulwama towns, as shops, fuel stations and other business establishments opened and public transport plied normally.
While most of the schools reopened today, the higher secondary educational institutions and colleges across the Valley continued to remain shut.
6 persons injured in Pulwama clashes; one brought to Srinagar hospital
Srinagar, Apr 07: Six persons were injured during clashes between government forces and protesters in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district soon after slain Hizb militant Mussavir Wani was laid to rest in his ancestral village graveyard on Saturday.
According to reports, youth took to streets and clashed with the forces deployed in the area soon after Wani was laid to rest at his native Delipora village.
They said that six protesters injured in the clashes were shifted to a local hospital for treatment wherefrom one injured was referred to a hospital in Srinagar for specialized treatment.
Earlier, thousands of people attended the funeral prayers of Wani who was killed yesterday in a brief shootout in Kangan village of the district.
The clashes were going on at various places in the district till late in the day.