Kupwara: After a week-long curfew, clashes, protests and shutdown, life returned to ‘normal’ in district Kupwara, including Handwara town, on Wednesday.
Curfew was imposed all over Kupwara including Handwara, Langate, Kralpora, Natnusa, Kralgund and other areas from April 13 after the killing of five civilians, including a woman, after protests erupted over allegations that an army soldier tried to molest a schoolgirl in the main market in Handwara.
All shops and other business establishments, private and government offices including educational institutions opened on Wednesday morning while public and private transport was plying on the roads.
Abdul Majeed Bhat, a shopkeeper in Handwara town, said that many people came to the market and purchased essentials like vegetable, milk, rice and other commodities.
Meanwhile, reports said life also limped back to normal in district headquarter Kupwara and adjoining areas.
Iqbal Ahmad Bhat and Nayeem Ahmad Bhat were shot dead by army’s 21 RR following protests after an army man tried to molest a school girl in a public toilet in main market, Handwara, on April 12. A lady, Raja Begam, of main bazar Langate also died after being hit by a stray bullet as she was returning home from her orchard.
One more youth, Jahangir Ahmad, of Drugmulla, was hit by a tear gas shell fired by the police and later succumbed in Kupwara hospital. On April 15, the army’s 47 RR fired at a group of protesters in Natnusa in which a student, Arif Ahmad Dar, of Aawora Kupwara, died on the spot.