Srinagar: Thousands of government forces enforced curfew in Kupwara district on Sunday, while shops and other businesses resumed in remaining parts of the Valley after five days of protests and shutdown against the killing of five people in army and police firing.
Mobile Internet services, however, remained suspended across the Valley.
Although no clashes or protests were reported on Sunday, two police quarters were torched in Hajin by protesters last night.
The valley has been on the boil since Tuesday when scores of people attacked an army bunker in Handwara town, saying they had seen a soldier molesting a schoolgirl in a public toilet that is stone’s throw away from the bunker.
Army fired at the protesting crowd, killing students Nayeem Bhat, 22, and Iqbal Farooq, 22. Fifty-six-year-old Raja Begum had been shot dead in her field at some distance from the bunker. Two more were shot dead during protests in Drugmulla and Natnusa areas of the district, taking the death toll to five. About 60 others were injured in police and army firing, some of them seriously.
In Srinagar, central Kashmir and south Kashmir, shops, business establishments remained open on Sunday. Train services between Baramulla and Qazigund resumed on Sunday after remaining suspended for four consecutive days.
Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Kumar Rajiv Ranjan told a local news agency that restriction would continue in the district on Monday. However, curfew will be relaxed between 8am and 11am.