Curfew lifted from Kashmir after 51 days

Srinagar: Authorities on Monday lifted curfew from Kashmir after 51 days since the ongoing unrest began on July 9, officials said.

“Curfew has been lifted from the entire Valley. But, it will remain in force in Pulwama town and in areas under the jurisdiction of Nowhatta and MR Gunj police stations in Srinagar,” a senior police official told IANS.

The decision to lift curfew was taken at a high-level security meeting on Sunday evening, sources said.

An all-party delegation comprising senior leaders of political parties is slated to visit Kashmir on September 3.

Meanwhile, separatists here continued their protest shutdown despite the lifting of the curfew.

In a statement issued last week, the separatists have asked people to continue the shutdown until September 1.

A total of 71 people — 68 civilians and three policemen — have been killed in this present bout of violence that started on July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in a gunfight. IANS

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