After curfew paralysed Kashmir Valley for 13 continuous days, authorities have decided to relax the restriction across the Valley in the afternoon to allow people buy essentials of life.
Authorities have also decided to open schools in four of the ten districts in the Kashmir Valley.
“Curfew will be relaxed in the afternoon to provide relief to the people,” an official said.
“The relaxation period will be reviewed in the evening as it depends upon how the law and order situation behaves,” said the official.
Authorities decided to open schools in four districts of Ganderbal, Bandipora, Badgam and Baramulla districts.
Thursday’s decision to relax curfew coincided with the separatists appeal to end the ongoing protest shutdown after 2.00 p.m. for the remaining portion of the day.
Separatists have again called a shutdown from Friday till Monday.
The valley has been reeling under curfew restrictions announced by the authorities, and a total protest shutdown called by the separatists for the last 13 days.
If the relaxation period passes off peacefully, people would benefit the most as violence has already claimed 45 lives here.
More than 40 persons have been killed in the violence that began in the Valley after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s killing on July 8.