Shutdown lifted, Valley limps back to normalcy


The march to Tral, the hometown of slain Hizbul commander Sabzar Bhat, was to pray tributes to Bhat and his associate Faizan Ahmad, who were killed in a gunfight with the forces in Saimoh village of Tral township on Saturday.

They said similar reports of restoration of normalcy were received from other districts of the valley.

The security forces used force to disperse the aggressive mob, resulting in injuries to a stone-pelter and some security personnel. "There were minor incidents of stone-throwing at Keller Chowk, Shopian and Court Road-Pinglish, where miscreants resorted to heavy stone-throwing on police and security forces, injuring many", said a police spokesman.

In Srinagar, the curfew-like restrictions continued in the police station areas of Khanyar, Nowhatta, Safakadal, M R Gunj, Rainawari, Kralkhud and Maisuma, all in old city.

"The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway has been closed and no movement of any sort of traffic on either side is being allowed", an official of the traffic department said here.

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Malik himself was arrested from his residence here on Sunday, while Geelani and Mirwaiz are under house detention.

Call for the march has been given by the joint resistance leadership comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik to pay tributes to Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Sabzar Ahmad Butt, and other martyrs.

However, despite the restrictions, people tried to assemble in the Ratnusa area of Tral.

The authorities restored the outgoing call facility on prepaid numbers last night, but mobile internet services continued to remain suspended across the valley as a precautionary measure.

The classwork in few higher secondary schools and colleges in the districts of Ganderbal and Kupwara has also been suspended for the day, but university-level examinations were being conducted as per the schedule, the officials said.