Kashmir valley witnesses a peaceful day
10 September 2008
The Hindustan Times
: Barring a few protests at various places, including Srinagar, the situation in Kashmir valley was by and large peaceful today, official sources said. At Palhallan, about 30 kms from Srinagar, several hundred people took to streets after an army vehicle, part of a convoy, hit and critically injured a girl and staged a sit-in on busy Srinagar-Baramulla road for two hours demanding arrest of the erring driver, the sources said. 'However, the protesters dispersed peacefully after the police informed them that the army vehicle involved in the accident was seized and a case has been registered against its driver,' they said. Meanwhile, students of Islamia College Hawal in downtown Srinagar boycotted their classes and took to streets after one of the students, Gowhar Ahmad, was detained by the CRPF but they returned to their classes shortly after the detained youth was released as per their demanded, the sources said. Whereas, other major parts of Srinagar, particularly the areas in the close vicinity of Jamia Masjid, which has witnessed violent protests over the past four days, were peaceful. All the shops and business establishments opened in the areas today as people resumed normal activities, a day after the rest of the valley returned to life after three days of strike. The sources said all modes of transport was also plying on all routes in the interior city since this morning. Normal activities also resumed in Anantnag district town, which had witnessed violent protests over the alleged excesses of the security forces yesterday, the sources said.