Curfew lifted in Kashmir valley, normal life resumes (Lead)

October 7th, 2008 - 2:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Srinagar, Oct 7 (IANS) Life bounced back to normal in the Kashmir valley Tuesday after two days as authorities lifted the curfew restrictions imposed Sunday to thwart a proposed rally by separatists.Shops, educational institutions, banks, government offices, business establishments started functioning normally and traffic resumed in the state’s summer capital Srinagar as the curfew restrictions were lifted.

“We have removed curfew from all the 10 districts of the valley at dawn today,” B. Srinivas, inspector general of police (Kashmir Zone), told IANS.

“There will be no curfew restrictions anywhere in the valley. The decision to remove curfew was taken to provide relief to the people who cooperated fully with the administration during the time,” Srinivas said.

According to reports reaching here from the other nine districts of the valley, markets, educational institutions, government offices and banks as well as traffic had started functioning normally there too.

Authorities had imposed curfew across the valley Sunday to prevent the proposed separatist march to city centre Lal Chowk in Srinagar Monday.

Meanwhile, a three-member election commission team headed by Chief Election Commissioner N. Gopalaswami is to visit Jammu and Kashmir later Tuesday to assess the situation for holding assembly elections due towards the end of the year.

The joint coordination committee of both the separatist Hurriyat groups is meeting here Wednesday to chalk out their future “resistance programme”.

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