April 2016 News

Kashmir Limps Back To Normalcy After 5 Days Of Strikes

17 April 2016

Srinagar: Most parts of Kashmir started resuming normal operations after remaining paralysed for five days due to strikes and protests. However, restrictions continued as a precautionary measure in Handwara and Kupwara towns where five persons have been killed since Tuesday. Internet services remained snapped across the valley, but train services between Baramulla in Kashmir and Banihal, across the Pir Panjal mountain range, resumed on Sunday morning after remaining off the tracks for four days. There were no restrictions in Srinagar on Sunday, which has so far passed off peacefully with no untoward incident reported from anywhere in the valley, a police official said. He said the restrictions, imposed on Wednesday in six police station areas of the city, were lifted as there were no major protests on Saturday or no call for a shutdown. Restrictions were imposed following the death of three persons during protests against the alleged molestation of a girl by a soldier in Handwara town on Tuesday. Two more were killed on subsequent days of protests in Kupwara district. However, the official said, strict curbs on the movement of people remained in force in some parts of north Kashmir, including Kupwara and Handwara towns, for the fifth day to maintain law and order. Mobile internet services remained suspended across Kashmir to prevent rumour mongering but the ban may be revoked later in the day after assessing the situation, the official indicated. He said the train services in the valley also resumed on Sunday after four days of suspension. Severe damage to the train infrastructure has been caused in the past during protests in Kashmir and the railway authorities have used suspension of services as a method to prevent further damage to their property. While government offices and educational institutions remained shut on account of being a Sunday, shops, fuel stations and other business establishments opened after four days in the capital city and across some other districts, the official said, adding that public transport was back on roads.