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Curfew revoked in Srinagar but continues in South Kashmir

"There will be no curfew in the Kashmir Valley today (Wednesday) except in Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama," a senior police official said here.

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  • “There will be no curfew in the Kashmir Valley today (Wednesday) except in Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama,” a senior police official said here
  • Restrictions were enforced in Rajouri Kadal and adjacent areas in old Srinagar city where a 61-year-old man died in Eidgah area on Tuesday after he lost control on his two-wheeler vehicle during clashes between stone-pelting mobs and security forces
  • The separatists had called for a valley wide shutdown till July 29, except for opening of businesses so that people could buy essentials from 2 p.m. onwards on Tuesday

Curfew continued in south Kashmir districts on Wednesday while only restrictions were imposed in parts of Srinagar city and elsewhere after it was lifted on Tuesday in the tense valley.

“There will be no curfew in the Kashmir Valley today (Wednesday) except in Anantnag, Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama,” a senior police official said here.

Curfew contineued in South Kashmir. Image Source: www.ndtv.com
Curfew contineued in South Kashmir. Image Source: www.ndtv.com

“Restrictions will, however, remain imposed at places where breach of peace by anti-social elements is apprehended,” the official said.

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Restrictions were enforced in Rajouri Kadal and adjacent areas in old Srinagar city where a 61-year-old man died in Eidgah area on Tuesday after he lost control on his two-wheeler vehicle during clashes between stone-pelting mobs and security forces.

The separatists had asked people to start normal activities from Tuesday afternoon, but angry youths showed up at various places in Srinagar and elsewhere forcing the shops to remain shut.

Many masked youths placed obstructions on old city roads and the outskirts to ensure the separatists’ call to resume half day’s normalcy was defied.

Protesters pelt stones at security forces amidst heavy tear gas smoke during a strike called by various separatist groups in Srinagar on Saturday. Image Source: PTI
Protesters pelt stones at security forces amidst heavy tear gas smoke during a strike called by various separatist groups in Srinagar on Saturday. Image Source: PTI

The separatists had called for a valley wide shutdown till July 29, except for opening of businesses so that people could buy essentials from 2 p.m. onwards on Tuesday.

Clashes broke out between stone-pelting protesters and the security forces at more than 40 places across the valley after curfew was lifted from Srinagar city and other districts on Tuesday.

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Security forces did not use firearms to quell angry mobs anywhere during the clashes.

Violence in Kashmir started after killing of Burhan Wani. Image Source: defence.pk
Violence in Kashmir started after killing of Burhan Wani. Image Source: defence.pk

Over 50 people have died in clashes between demonstrators and the security forces as Kashmir Valley is on edge since July 9, a day after Hizbul commander Burhan Wani was killed by security forces in Kokernag area of Anantnag district. (IANS)

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Snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir to Help Bring Pollution Down in Neighbouring States

Lotus said early snowfall in happening for the second year in succession in Kashmir

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The snowfall will peak in the night on November 7, MET said in a statement. Pixabay

Jammu and Kashmir is likely to receive snowfall in the next two days, which could help bring pollution down in neighbouring states.

“The snowfall accompanied by winds will bring down the particulate matter in the air to great extend,” Sonam Lotus, Director of the J&K Meteorological Department, told IANS.

“The active western disturbance and its interaction with cyclone MAHA, currently located in East Central Arabian Sea, is likely to cause moderate to heavy snowfall and rain in plains of J&K, and Ladakh during November 6-8. The snowfall will peak in the night on November 7,” MET said in a statement.

Lotus said early snowfall in happening for the second year in succession in Kashmir. “It’s good for agriculture, but could damage standing crops,” he said.

Snowfall, Jammu, Kashmir
“The snowfall accompanied by winds will bring down the particulate matter in the air to great extend,” Sonam Lotus, Director of the J&K Meteorological Department, told IANS. Wikimedia Commons

The MET has alerted the J&K administration about the likely disruption in road transport, especially through passes, like Zojilla, and on the Srinagar-Jammu-Leh-Manali Highway and Mughal road, due to landslides, low temperature and heavy snowfall.

The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway is the main link between Kashmir and the rest of the country.

Last year, the highway remained blocked for several days, cutting Kashmir from rest of the country and causing shortage of essentials in the Valley. Normally, the government stocks up essential supplies ahead of the winter, especially for areas like Tangdhar, Gurez and Ladakh. Most of these areas remain disconnected due to heavy snowfall.

Last year also, Kashmir witnessed snowfall in November. Normally, snowfall begins after November on the upper reaches of Kashmir. The 40-day peak winter season called ‘Chila-e-Kalan’ begins from December 20. Snowfall during the period last longer and is a major source for drinking water in summers.

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The lack of adequate snowfall causes shortage of drinking water in Kashmir in some areas, especially those that are not connected to the drinking water system. (IANS)