Afzal Hanging: J&K struggles; no access to mobile, net, TV

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Curfew in Jammu and Kashmir
Srinagar, Feb 13: Since 2001 Parliament attack case convict Mohammed Afzal Guru was hanged and buried inside the Tihar jail complex, in New Delhi on Saturday, it is the people of Jammu and Kashmir who are struggling to lead a normal life.

Right from imposition of strict curfew to suspension on publications of newspapers, the entire J&K has come to a standstill.

In fact, it is for the fifth day in a row that mobile internet services remained suspended and news channels on cable network continued to be off air in the state.

However, the good news is that finally newspapers hit the stands on Wednesday, Feb 13 after a gap of four days due to imposition of curfew in the Valley.

The newspaper houses 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.

Curfew was lifted from three police station areas in Srinagar 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 on February 13. "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.

OneIndia News

(With inputs from PTI)

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