Valley Emerges Out of Clampdown

Curfew Continues In Old City, Shut Down In Lal Chowk

SRINAGAR: Everyday business resumed in most of Kashmir on Saturday after two days of valley-wide curfew following the killing of a Srinagar youth by the CRPF mid-week, though several police precincts in the city’s old quarters remained under a clampdown, and its commercial hub closed along with the Shopian, Pulwama, Tral and Bandipur towns.

Curfew had continued in the Rainawari, Khanyar, Nauhatta, Maharaj Gunj, Safa Kadal and Kral Khud precincts in Old Srinagar and the Maisuma area in the central city today also in view of the fourth day ceremony of Altaf Ahmad who was killed in Zoonimar on Wednesday.

Life resumed in upper Srinagar and the outskirts, but Lal Chowk and adjacent markets remained closed with traffic remaining thin.

In the outlying districts, shops opened and traffic began to ply in the Baramulla, Sopore, Handwara, Budgam, Kulgam, Anantnag, Mattan, Bijbehara and other towns.

Though commercial activity was disrupted by stone-pelting in the Qamriah Chowk of Gandarbal, everyday business resumed elsewhere in the summer capital’s contiguous district as well.  

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