Monday (September 9): Except some parts of Srinagar, restrictions were lifted from most areas of Kashmir today. The move comes after 36 days of deadlock since centre abrogated Article 370 and removed special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Security forces, however, continued to be deployed to maintain law and order, officials said.
On the eighth day of Muharram, severe restrictions were re-imposed in parts of the valley on Sunday to prevent any procession in the city and elsewhere in the valley. The curbs on the movement of people in some parts of the valley are imposed every year on the eight and the tenth day of Muharram to prevent any processions.
Restrictions were first imposed across Kashmir on August 5 when the Centre announced its decision to abrogate Article 370 of the Constitution and bifurcate the state into two Union territories. The restrictions were lifted in phases from many parts of the valley as the situation improved with passage of time. However, authorities have been imposing restrictions in vulnerable areas of the valley every Friday, apprehending that vested interests might exploit the large gatherings at big mosques and shrines to fuel protests.
According to officials, Markets and other business establishments remained closed while public transport was off the roads across the valley. Schools, though permitted to be opened, remain shut as parents continued to keep children at home due to apprehensions about their safety. Government offices are open but attendance in many offices was thin due to lack of public transport, the officials said, adding offices at district headquarters registered normal attendance. Landline telephone services have been restored across the valley but mobile telephony and Internet services on all platforms remain suspended since 5 August.