Normalcy back in Valley, separatist leaders under house arrest freed
Normalcy was back in Kashmir, which witnessed several protests over the killing of a youth in police firing in Budgam district, on Monday. Moreover, the authorities have lifted restriction on the movement of separatist leaders in the Valley.
Shops, schools and other business establishments opened, while vehicles plied normally on all routes in the valley, police said.
The separatists had called for a shutdown on Saturday to protest against the killing of two youths in an Army operation in Tral area of Pulwama district last week. Another youth was killed in police firing at Narbal on the day of shutdown, leading to more protests at some places in the valley.
The government had placed all prominent separatist leaders under house arrest following the killing of Suhail Ahmad Sofi at Narbal on Saturday.
The house arrest orders against the separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, were lifted on Monday morning.
Geelani, Mirwaiz, Nayeem Khan and Mohammad Yasin Malik visited the residence of slain boy at Narbal. The situation across the valley so far is peaceful, a police spokesman said.
Meanwhile, the MET department has issued a warning, forecasting heavy rain and thunderstorms during the next 24 hours.
Jammu highway opens for one-way traffic
The Jammu-Srinagar national highway was open on Monday for one-way traffic as more than 600 stranded vehicles, carrying essential supplies to the Valley, were cleared on Sunday evening. “Vehicles from Srinagar to Jammu will ply on the national highway and no vehicle from opposite direction will be allowed today (Monday),” said a traffic police official. The highway had witnessed chaos on Sunday.