Normalcy restored in Kashmir Valley

GJ Report
Srinagar, Jul 9: Life in Kashmir Valley returned to normal today after two days of restrictions and strike as the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen ‘commander’ Burhan Wani remained by and large peaceful.
There were no restrictions on the movement or assembly of people anywhere in the Valley today, officials said.
Restrictions were lifted after two days this morning as the situation remained by and large peaceful yesterday on Wani’s first death anniversary, they said.
“There were few incidents of stone-pelting yesterday, but by and large the situation remained under control and peaceful,” the officials said.
A woman was injured when she sustained multiple pellet injuries in one such clash in Shopian town.
Authorities had imposed curfew in three towns – Shopian and Tral in south Kashmir and Trehgam in north – while strict restrictions were enforced elsewhere in the Valley yesterday.
The separatist camp, including Hurriyat Conference factions led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the Yasin Malik-led JKLF, had called for a strike yesterday.
Restrictions had also been imposed in parts of Kashmir, including in five police station areas of Srinagar – the summer capital of the state – on 7 July as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order.
However, this morning, life returned to normal as shops and other business establishments opened across the Valley, while public transport also plied smoothly.
Train services were resumed today after remaining suspended for two days for security reasons in the Kashmir valley.
Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference and the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) had called for strike on the first death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani yesterday, when authorities had imposed restrictions in most areas in Srinagar and south Kashmir.
The train services were suspended on July 7 for security reasons. “We have resumed the train services in the valley following direction by police and civil authorities,” a Railway official said today.
Train services have been resumed between Srinagar-Badgam in the central Kashmir and Baramulla in north Kashmir, he said, adding that the train service from Badgam-Srinagar and Anantnag-Qazigund in south Kashmir to Banihal in Jammu has also been restored. All trains are running as per schedule, he said.
“We are acting on the directions of the state police and authorities, who are taking the decision to suspend or resume train services, keeping in view the security and safety of the passengers and railway property,” he added.
Railway property suffered damage worth crores of rupees in the past due to violence. However last year, the service remained suspended for six months due to summer unrest.
Meanwhile authorities today restored mobile and broadband Internet services in Kashmir, two days after the facilities were snapped in view of apprehensions of law and order problems on the death anniversary of Hizbul ‘commander’ Burhan Wani.
While mobile Internet services were restored during the night, BSNL’s broadband service resumed this morning.
“Both mobile as well as broadband Internet services have been restored in Kashmir,” an official said.
The official, however, said only 2G services were working on mobile networks.
“The high speed network is still suspended,” he said.
He said the decision to restore the high speed Internet services would be taken after assessing the situation today.
Internet services across the Valley were snapped on Thursday night as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order in view of Wani’s first death anniversary yesterday.
Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district on 8 July last year.