Curfew lifted, normalcy returns in Jammu

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Jammu, Jul 9 (UNI) Normal life returned in Jammu today after the curfew, which was imposed by the district administration, following stepped up agitation that were rocked by violence over the Amarnath land row in winter capital of Jammu and Kashmir was lifted.

The curfew was lifted in entire Jammu region and there were no reports of any untoward incidents and fresh protests in any of the districts of the region.

Most of the general stores and shops were seen busy as people rushed to purchase the essential commodities while families were also seen enjoying with children in restaurants and fast food stations.

''I got through my final year examination and planning to freak out with friends at any of the restaurants but curfew and Jammu bandh spoiled the sport but today I had a great celebrations with my family and friends,'' 20-year old Ritika told UNI.

However, mini buses, auto-rickshaws and other means of transportation were seen plying on the roads while offices, banks and government departments observed thick attendance after a week-long Jammu bandh.

''We never opposed Jammu bandh as it was a genuine demand and I think responding through week-long complete shut down made intentions of the Jammuities clear,'' a pedestrian said and added that peace is must in the region but the agitation to get back the land should not end.

Meanwhile, Sangarsh Samiti, spearheading the agitation today demanded cancellation of the land transfer revocation order in Jammu and staged dharna outside the Raj Bhawan suspending the bandh for one week.

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