Day 99: Shutdown continues in Kashmir

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SRINAGAR:Authorities today lifted curfew across Kashmir following improvement in the situation, but normal life remained affected on the 99th consecutive day due to the shutdown called by the separatist leadership.

A police official said there is no curfew anywhere in Kashmir and the curbs on the movement of people have been lifted across the Valley, including from the summer capital here, following improvement in the situation.

However, restrictions on the assembly of people under Section 144 CrPc were in force throughout the Valley.

He said forces have been deployed in sensitive areas to maintain law and order.

The authorities last night restored outgoing call facility on prepaid mobile phone connections after three months in view of the improving situation.

However, mobile Internet services continued to remain suspended across Kashmir.

The unrest, which has claimed 94 lives and left thousands of others injured in clashes between protestors and forces, would complete 100 days tomorrow as shops, business establishments, petrol pumps and educational institutions remained closed, while public transport continued to be off the roads.

However, there was increased movement of private transport and auto-rickshaws in the civil lines areas of the city including around the commercial hub of Lal Chowk.

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