Curfew-like situation eases in Valley

PTI | February 7, 2010



With relaxation in restrictions in most parts of the old city after three days of curfew like situation, people in Srinagar on Sunday came out of their houses to buy household items and get their kids vaccinated at the specially set up pulse polio immunisation centres.

The situation eased in the areas like Safakadal, Rainawari, Maharaj Gunj, Khanyar and Nowhatta, official sources said.

Many areas in old city were brought under 'undeclared' curfew on Thursday after several days of violent clashes over the killing of a seventh class student, Wamik Farooq, in teargas shelling at Rajouri Kadal on Sunday last.

Despite relaxation in restrictions, police and paramilitary forces remain deployed in strength to deal with any untoward incident, the sources said, adding the relaxation period will be extended if the situation remains normal.

Locals thronged markets to buy essentials, especially fresh vegetables, milk and bread. However, the residents of some parts of Nowhatta, Khanyar and Maharaj Gunj alleged that the security personnel were only allowing women with children to come out of their houses and direct them to the pulse polio immunisation centres.

While there was rush of people in markets in the interior city, the situation was also showing signs of improvement in other parts.

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