Life Back To Normal, Case Filed Against CRPF

10 March 2009
Kashmir Observer


Srinagar: Life returned to normal in the old city areas after four days undeclared curfew restrictions and violence that left one person dead and 30 others wounded on Friday. A case has been registered against the security forces for opening fire in which one person was killed on Friday. Chairman of the moderate Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and senior leader of beakaway HC Mohammad Ashraf Sehrayee, who were put under house arrest on Saturday morning, were released last night. Shops and business establishments reopened this morning in the areas, falling under the jurisdiction of about half a dozen police stations. Traffic was also normal on all routes after four days. Restrictions were imposed in these localities on Saturday morning to prevent fresh violence following the death of a youth allegedly in Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) firing on Friday afternoon near Nowhatta police station. Sources said restrictions remained imposed till last evening to prevent any violence. Educational institutions, banks and other government offices in these localities also remained closed due to restrictions. Life was also disrupted on Friday because of violence between security forces and demonstrators, who were raising 'pro-freedom' slogans and demanding release of separatist leaders. The authorities put under house arrest Mirwaiz and Mr Sehrayee to prevent them from going to the house of deceased youth at Rainawari in the downtown. However, they were released last evening after the fourth day fateha ceremony of the deceased youth was over. Sources said a case has been registered against security forces for opening fire on demonstrators, that left one person dead on Friday. The Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Masuad Samoon has directed all Valley Deputy Commissioners to issue instructions to police and para-military forces to allow the students possessing roll number slips of Kashmir University to appear in the PG courses examinations being conducted by the University from March 12 to March 26, in case there will be any kind of restrictions during the period.