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Curfew relaxed, newspapers hit stands in Kashmir

Source : PTI
Last Updated: Wed, Feb 13, 2013 06:57 hrs
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Srinagar: Newspapers hit the stands today after a gap of four days due to imposition of curfew in the Valley following hanging of Parliament attack convict Mohammad Afzal Guru. However, in three police station areas the curfew was lifted, while it was relaxed "indefinitely" in five other police station areas even as rest of Kashmir Valley remained under restrictions for the fifth consecutive day.

Meanwhile, all major newspapers were available at the stands and delivered to subscribers at their residences this morning after a gap of fours days.

The authorities had imposed curfew in the Valley on Saturday morning after Guru was hanged inside the Tihar Jail in Delhi.

The newspapers had to suspend their publication as the authorities did not issue any curfew passes to the mediapersons.

Kashmir Editors' Guild (KEG) has condemned the government stopping publication of newspapers.

However, mobile internet services remained suspended and news channels on cable network continued to be off air for the fifth day.

"Curfew has been lifted from Nigeen, Lal Bazaar and Zakura police station areas in the city," a police spokesman said.

He said curfew has been relaxed "indefinitely" in police stations Ram Munshi bagh, Kothibagh, Saddar, Rajbagh and Shergarhi.

"Restrictions will not be imposed in these areas if the situation remains peaceful," he said.

Authorities had relaxed curfew for three hours in these five police station areas last evening and the relaxation period passed off without any untoward incident.

However, the rest of the Valley remained under curfew for the fifth consecutive day.

The police spokesman said there were no reports of any untoward incident from anywhere in the Valley so far.






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