After a continuous 52-day long curfew, the authorities has finally decided to lift restrictions from the Valley on Monday, barring some areas. Curfew will remain in Pulwama town and in a few areas of Srinagar.
The authorities, however, continued restrictions under Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code or CrPC, which prohibits unlawful assembly of 4 or more people.
“There will be no restrictions in Kashmir valley as the situation improves, except Pulwama town and the areas falling under the jurisdictions of police stations MR Gunj and Nowhatta,” a police official said.
The development comes soon after the J&K CM Mehbooba Mufti met PM Modi in New Delhi to discuss the situation of Kashmir.
On Sunday, PM Modi in his address in the 23rd edition of Mann ki Baat, said Ekta (unity) and Mamta (affection) have been the cornerstones of all his discussions with leaders on the recent unrest in Kashmir.
Around 70 people have died and over 11,000 have been injured in violent clashes between protesters and security forces.
Kashmir has been paralysed since security forces killed Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani in an encounter there on July 8. Curfew, protest and shutdown have badly affected life in Kashmir for 51 consecutive days.