Curfew Relaxed In Many Parts Of Valley, Situation Peaceful25 September 2010
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Barring three incidents of stone pelting in which three persons including a DySP were injured, the law and order situation across Kashmir today remained by and large peaceful even as the authorities relaxed curfew in a phased manner in many parts of the Valley. 'The relaxation given in the curfew restriction in all the areas across Valley passed off peacefully barring three isolated incidents of stone pelting at Habba Kadal and Solina in the city and at Maharajpora in Sopore town of North Kashmir Baramulla district,' a police spokesman said. He said during curfew relaxation in Srinagar, some miscreants attempted to disrupt the peace by resorting to stone pelting at Habba-Kadal in the interior city this afternoon. 'The miscreants were later chased away by the security forces and situation was brought back to normalcy in these areas,' the spokesman said. Although the spokesman said no one was injured in the brief clashes, sources said one person was injured after he was thrashed by the security force personnel. He said at Solina, some miscreants pelted stones on the vehicle of a DySP, who received minor injuries. His vehicle also suffered damage. Security forces came under intense stone pelting at Maharajpora in Sopore town late in the evening as one team of cops was taking charge from another team. Security forces fired tear smoke shells and pellet guns to disperse the mob, resulting in injuries to one person. 'During the changeover of security forces at Mahrajpora, miscreants pelted stones on security forces. In an effort to control the situation, one person, Mohammad Haroon Beigh son of Abdul Ahad, suffered minor injury,' the spokesman said. Barring these incidents, law and order situation across the Valley was peaceful and National Highway from Srinagar to Jammu and Srinagar to Uri remained open for traffic. Curfew was lifted till further orders from three zones of the Srinagar city at 12 noon while the remaining two zones were given respite from 3 pm onwards. Initially, curfew was lifted from South, West, and East zones of the city followed by North and Hazratbal Zones in the afternoon. Authorities also relaxed curfew restrictions in North Kashmir. The curfew was relaxed in Kupwara town from 10 pm to 1 pm, in Trehgam and Kralpora from 10.30 am onwards, while in Handwara, Kulangam and Chotipora, curfew restrictions were relaxed from 10 am onwards. In Sopore, curfew was relaxed for two hours from noon onwards but Chinkipora area of the town remained under restrictions. In Bandipora town and Sumbal areas, restrictions were relaxed from 2 pm to 5 pm. In Baramulla and its adjoining areas, it was relaxed from 2.30 pm up to 4.30 pm. In Budgam and its adjoining areas, restrictions were relaxed from 1 pm to 6 pm. In Tral, Awantipora and Pampore, areas of south Kashmir, restrictions were relaxed from 2 to 5 pm, while at Shopian curfew was relaxed from 2 pm onwards. Meanwhile, the hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani today issued a fresh agitation calendar for 10 days beginning September 27. As per the schedule, September 29, October 1 and October 4 have been exempted from protests and strikes. The protest schedule was issued by Geelani a day after assuring the people that he would take into consideration the forthcoming annual examination schedule to save the academic year of the students. However, there is no mention of education or students in the 10-day schedule.