Curfew eased in India-controlled Kashmir

09:54, July 11, 2010      

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Curfew was lifted in Muslim majority areas of India-controlled Kashmir including capital city Srinagar Friday evening, but authorities Saturday morning re-imposed restrictions in some areas following fresh protests, police said.

"The orders to lift curfew came Friday evening but in some areas, the curfew was imposed again today after youth came out to resort stone-pelting," said a police officer.

Police and paramilitary soldiers fired tear gas and used batons to disperse hundreds of rock-throwing demonstrators in Maisuma locality of Srinagar.

Similar reports were received from Anantnag, Pulwama and Sopore, where officials ordered imposition of curfew again.

The restrictions were eased for 24 hours in Srinagar after three days in the wake of the Muslim festival of Shab-e-Mehrj.

Following the lifting of curfew, people flooded markets to purchase grocery food items and medicines.

Officials are monitoring the situation to see if relaxations need to be extended.

Meanwhile, authorities have detained at least 60 from Srinagar and other towns in the nocturnal raids with an aim to put an end to stone-pelting.

Authorities have blocked text messages (SMS services) of mobile telephones across the region. The curfew was imposed initially Wednesday to subdue violent anti-India protests following the killing of four people including a woman during protests.



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