Handwara curfew relaxed for four hours

Curfew relaxed

Curfew was relaxed  for four hours in trouble-torn Handwara town in north Kashmir to enable people to buy essentials, according to police.

“Curfew has been relaxed for four hours from 8 a.m. today in Handwara town. The curfew relaxation period has remained peaceful by and large,” a senior police officer said.

“A decision to continue the curfew relaxation will be taken after the present relaxation period ends,” he added.

Curfew had to be quickly re-imposed in Handwara town on Monday morning after violence erupted again during a period of relaxation.

Tension had gripped Handwara town after alleged molestation of a school girl in the town by an army soldier last Tuesday.

Three people were killed in firing by security forces during violence that erupted after news about the molestation spread.

The girl has denied the molestation reports when she was presented before the Handwara chief judicial magistrate in compliance with the directions of the state high court.

Police on Monday arrested in Handwara a youth whom the girl had identified as one of the molesters.