Curbs Eased In Kashmir 2 Days After Geelani’s Death

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Saturday eased restrictions in most parts of the Kashmir Valley, even as mobile internet service remained cut-off while train service also remained suspended for the third day in wake of veteran separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s death.

Geelani, 92, died at his residence in Srinagar on Wednesday night after a prolonged illness. He was buried at a graveyard near his residence in Hyderpora.

Following his death restrictions on public movement and communications were imposed, paralysing the normal life.

However, the restrictions were gradually eased on the third day Saturday in most parts of the Valley, though section 144 CrPc, banning assembly of more than four people remained in force, officials said. They said restrictions remained in place in Srinagar’s Old City and around Geelani’s final resting place.

Also, all roads leading to Geelani’s residence remained sealed with barricades blocking the movement of people, the eyewitnesses said. Government forces were deployed in strength in the city and elsewhere to maintain law and order.

Mobile internet service of all cellular companies, including state-run BSNL, remained suspended, a day after voice call and fixed broadband services were restored on Friday night after remaining suspended for two days.

Train services also remained suspended in the Valley for the third straight day as a precautionary measure.

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