Life in valley returns to normal after 3 days of restrictions

Life in Kashmir valley returned to normal after three days of curfew-like restrictions imposed by authorities and strike called by separatists to mark the death anniversaries of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru and JKLF founder Mohammad Maqbool Bhat.

Offices, shops and other commercial establishments including banks and petrol pumps opened in Srinagar and other parts of the valley after remaining closed for three days.

Transport services also resumed plying on all routes. Authorities on Sunday imposed curfew-like restrictions in most parts of Kashmir to foil separatist plans of holding protests to mark the death anniversaries of Guru and Bhat.

Guru was hanged to death and buried inside Tihar Jail in Delhi on February 9 last year while Bhat met the same fate on February 11, 1984.

Separatists had planned to take out protest rallies in support of their demand for return of mortal remains of Guru and Bhar.

Several Hurriyat leaders were detained while hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani was put under house arrest as a preventive measure.

Barring some isolated incidents of stone-pelting, the three-day period of agitation by and large passed off peacefully.

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Opposition PDP and BJP MLAs created a ruckus in the J&K assembly demanding inclusion of their areas in the list of new administrative units, before staging a walkout claiming they were not getting a satisfactory reply from the government. Carrying placards depicting demands for inclusion of various areas in the list, recently approved by the state Cabinet, PDP members trooped into the well of the House, raising slogans like ‘We want justice’.
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