Curfew eased in parts of Indian-held Kashmir
SRINAGAR, India (AP) – Indian authorities relaxed a curfew in parts of Kashmir on Wednesday, letting people buy rations for the first time in days after protests over the secret execution of a Kashmiri man convicted in a deadly 2001 attack on India’s Parliament.
In some towns, residents were allowed out of their homes for two hours to buy food and other supplies. Most of the region’s nearly 60 newspapers published Wednesday after remaining shut for three days.
But cable television and mobile Internet services were shut down in most areas for the fifth straight day, and police and paramilitary soldiers in riot gear continued to patrol the streets.
The restrictions were relaxed after tensions eased in several districts across Kashmir and some neighbourhoods in Srinagar, the region’s main city, said Manoj Panditha, a police spokesman.
Kashmiri women sit in front of closed shops in Srinagar, India, Wednesday, February 13. AP
Further decisions on lifting the curfew will be made after authorities review the situation, he said.
Despite a rigid curfew, Kashmir was rocked by anti-India protests after Mohammed Afzal Guru was hanged in New Delhi early Saturday.
Three protesters were killed and at least 30 others wounded in clashes with government forces. Officials said at least 45 police and paramilitary soldiers were also injured.
Separatist politicians called for a mass funeral prayer for Guru to be held Friday at a large square near Srinagar’s Martyr’s Graveyard, where hundreds of separatists and civilians killed in Kashmir’s separatist conflict with India are buried.