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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.

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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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The Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora said a memorandum signed by thousands of Kashmiri Pandits has been addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi

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Dozens of Kashmiri Pandits on Friday paid homage to civilians, Army men and their community members killed since 1989 and said the plight of Pandits still continues.

For 28 years, the Kashmiri Pandit community has been observing September 14 as ‘Martyrs’ Day-Balidan Diwas’ at B.K. Ganjoo memorial park in Central Delhi.

United Kingdom-based activist Shafalica Bhan Kotwal who has been fighting for the rights of the Kashmiri Pandits, said: “There is no major change in the lives of Kashmir Pandits, their plight still continues despite Bharatiya Janata Party being in power.

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“Most of them were thrown out of their homes. They are living in pathetic conditions in shelter homes with no basic facilities.”

She said the community was once accustomed to living in minus 17 degrees Celsius. “Their families are now living in the hostile Jammu weather,” she added.

The son of Kasmiri Pandits’ leader Tika Lal Taploo, Ashutosh Taploo, was at the meeting. He said: “My father was killed not just because he was a Pandit..because he was looked as the Hindu community leader.”

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Taploo said his father was the first Pandit to have fallen to terrorist bullets in the Valley.

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“Till today no government has brought any major change in Pandits’ lives, the atrocities we experienced and psychological trauma we suffered is fresh” he said.

In a statement calling for justice to “victims of terrorism,” the Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora said a memorandum signed by thousands of Kashmiri Pandits has been addressed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and submitted to Union Minister Hansraj Ahir. (IANS)