July 2017 News

Breather After Clampdown

9 July 2017
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: Life across Kashmir started limping back to normalcy on Sunday as the government lifted curbs and restrictions it had imposed on Saturday to thwart any freedom gatherings and rallies on the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani. Kashmir's joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had asked people to visit the residences of martyrs in their respective districts on Sunday as part of their programme to commemorate Burhan's anniversary. However, there was no call for shutdown. On Sunday, commercial establishments remained open across Kashmir while traffic also plied normally. The weekly Sunday market here was also abuzz with shoppers. The government had not imposed restrictions anywhere, including Downtown. The inter-district transport also resumed after remaining suspended on Saturday. Reports from various district headquarters said shops and other business establishments remained open throughout the day while there were no reports of any untoward incident anywhere. Pertinently, the government had imposed a strict clampdown across Kashmir on Saturday in wake of Burhan's death anniversary. All roads leading to Tral, the native town of Burhan, were sealed by forces while his graveyard and house were declared as 'out of bounds.' The Srinagar-Jammu highway, which remained under tight vigil of forces, witnessed queues of private and public vehicles. AMARNATH YATRA RESUMES: The annual Amarnath Yatra resumed on Sunday after a day-long suspension. A fresh batch of 4,411 pilgrims left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in Jammu towards Kashmir, said an official. The Yatra was suspended on Saturday due to security reasons, he added. INTERNET RESTORED: The government Sunday restored all internet services in Kashmir, two days after the facilities were snapped due to apprehensions of 'law-and-order problems' on Burhan's death anniversary. 'All internet services, including broadband and high- speed mobile internet, have been restored in Kashmir,' said an official. He said the services were restored in view of 'improving situation'. While the 2G mobile internet services were restored during the night, the high-speed (3G and 4G) internet services were restored this evening. The BSNL's broadband service was resumed this morning, said the official, adding that all the social media sites were also working across all the platforms.