Curfew relaxed in Kashmir Valley seven days after Afzal Guru's execution
Srinagar, Feb. 16 : Authorities relaxed a weeklong curfew in several parts of the Kashmir Valley on Saturday that was imposed in wake of the execution of 2001 Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.
In Srinagar, the people swarmed into grocery shops as authorities relaxed the curfew.
The curfew was briefly relaxed at different times in different areas across much of the Kashmir Valley.
Shops and business establishments remained closed, while public transport was of the roads due to the strike call.
Private vehicles could be seen plying on the roads in the city and other major towns in the Valley.
A.M. Lone, a local here, said that despite of the relaxation, people faced problems due to the shutdown call given by the separatist leaders.
"People are facing the brunt due to the curfew, as they were unable to get milk for their children and other essential commodities. The claims made by the government are all false. I read in the newspaper that curfew has been relaxed. But there is no relief despite of the relaxation," said Lone.
"There is strike. Although the curfew has been lifted but due to the strike everything is closed. The situation is worst than a curfew. I heard that shutdown was called for two days and its impact can be felt and we do not know what will happen tomorrow," he added.
Mobile Internet services were also restored in the Kashmir Valley. The Internet services, which were snapped last Saturday, were restored late last evening, providing relief to nearly five lakh mobile Internet subscribers in the Valley.
The authorities had enforced a strict curfew in Srinagar and in several parts of the Kashmir valley where thousands of police and soldiers patrolled deserted streets and urged the residents to stay indoors.
Afzal Guru was hanged at Delhi's Tihar Jail at 8 a.m. on February 9. He was buried inside the prison complex soon after his execution.
President Pranab Mukherjee rejected Guru's mercy plea on February 3 and a final decision to hang him was taken.
Guru was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in 2004.
On 13th December 2001, five heavily-armed gunmen stormed the Parliament complex and opened indiscriminate fire, killing nine persons.
They included five Delhi Police personnel, a woman Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) official, two Parliament watch and ward staff and a gardener.
A journalist, who was injured, died later. All five terrorists were shot dead.
Guru was arrested within hours after the attack from a bus in the national capital.