November 2016 News

DAY 127: Curfew Lifted From Srinagar Parts; Shutdown Continues

12 November 2016
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: Authorities Saturday lifted curfew from parts of the summer capital while a complete shutdown was observed across Kashmir even as increased movement of people and transport could be seen in the city. 'Curfew has been lifted in the areas coming under five police stations of the city where it was imposed on Friday as a precautionary measure,' a police official said. He said there were no curbs on the movement of people anywhere in Kashmir. The lifting of the restrictions led to an increased movement of people and transport in the city. Inter-district cabs were also plying on some routes connecting other districts of Kashmir with the summer capital. Vendors had set up stalls and carts on the roadside in Lal Chowk, Zero Bridge, Polo view and Clock-Tower (Ghanta Ghar) and Batamaloo. The street vendors were selling winter stuff while as shoppers could be seen doing shopping in a good number. Some shops were also open in the areas in the civil lines and the outskirts of the city as well as in some of the rural areas in other districts of Kashmir. However, most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments in the rest of Kashmir were shut due to the strike. Some areas in the uptown Srinagar were open throughout the day that includes Sanant Nagar, Pandrethan, Sonwar, and Athwajan. Reports from north Kashmir's Baramulla said streets witnessed increased movement of public since morning while the shops opened after 4 pm on the relaxation call given by the joint resistance leadership. Similar reports poured in from Sopore, Kupwara, Anantnag, Pulwama and Shopian. Meanwhile, a police spokesman said that with constant increase in private and public transport on the roads, situation remained 'peaceful and under control' across the valley. 'During the day no untoward incident was reported from any part of the valley. Shops and other business establishments were seen open in most parts of Kashmir,' the statement read. 'Private and a good number of public transport vehicles were seen plying on the city roads as also in other main towns. Vendors in large numbers were doing their routine business across Kashmir,' it said. Meanwhile, necessary security arrangements continued to remain in place on some vulnerable points to prevent any untoward incident, the statement said.