Curfew in Kupwara, life returns to normal elsewhere

Curfew continued to be imposed by the authorities in Kupwara district Sunday for the fifth day due to tense situation following the killings of five civilians.

However, no clashes or protests took place during the day. The internet remained blocked on the third day today in the entire valley. Normal life returned to normal in rest of the valley, as shops were opened, and the public transport plied on the roads. And curfew was lifted from Srinagar.

As per KNS correspondents from districts in the Valley, life returned back to normal after four days of uneasy calm against the Kupwara killings. Due to rainfall and Sunday, people largely remained indoors and movement of public transport was also vey less.

Meanwhile, train services between Baramulla and Qazigund resumed on Sunday after remaining suspended for four consecutive days. Curfew was imposed by the district administration, but there were no clashes between youth and forces or protests by the people in any part of the district.

Strict curfew was in place in the Handwara town, which was the epicenter of the present protests. Residents said that they were not allowed to move out of their homes by the forces.

Kupwara has been on boil as two civilians were killed by forces during protests against the alleged molestation of a school girl by an army man. Three more civilians were killed by forces in the district on the subsequent days during protests against the killings of two boys in Handwara.

Inspector General of Police, Syed Javaid Geelani said that the situation remained normal during the day amid curfew that was in place due to the volatile situation in the district. “No incident of clashes occurred in Kupwara,” he said.

Administration in Kupwara has decided to continue curfew in pensive district but will be relaxed in the morning for four hours. Administration has also decided to close down all the schools and colleges in the district. “Curfew will continue in the district but it will be relaxed in the morning between 8 and 11,” Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Kumar Rajiv Ranjan said.

Internet will also remain suspended in the region Monday, he said. The region has been on boil till Saturday over the killings of five civilians after allegations of molestation by an army man last week. Curfew was in place in the district, but there were no reports of clashes or protests, a police official said.




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