Life returns to normal after restrictions, strike in Kashmir
Life returned to normal today in the Kashmir valley after day-long curfew like restrictions in parts of the Srinagar city and strike elsewhere in protest against any move to extend lease of Army firing range Tosha Maidan in the central Kashmir district of Badgam.
Shops and business establishments, which remain open on Sundays, were doing normal business and traffic on all routes was plying normally in the valley.
Curfew-like restrictions imposed in the downtown and Shehar-e-Khas (SeK) yesterday have been lifted. Additional security force and state police personnel deployed to strictly implement the restrictions in these areas have been withdrawn. People could be seen moving freely today with shops and business establishments open and traffic plying normally.
The famed 'Sunday Market' in the heart of the city, which attracts thousands of customers from different parts of the valley, was open. Hundreds of vendors have put up their stall on both sides of the 3-km-long market from Radio Kashmir, Srinagar crossing to Hari Singh High Street.
Reports of normalcy were also received from other parts of the valley.
The strike call was given by moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) demanding that lease of Tosha Maidan to Army should not be extended.
The amalgam, supported by other separatist and mainstream parties has threatened agitation if the lease was extended.
(Posted on 13-04-2014)