Srinagar, Aug 31: Curfew was on Sunday, Aug 31 relaxed for three hours from 0900 hrs to enable people to purchase essentials in all areas falling under the jurisdiction of 25 city police stations. There had been no report of any untoward incident from any part of the city. As soon as the announcement was made that curfew had been lifted, people in large numbers were seen on the streets. Long queues could be seen outside the medical shops. People were seen purchasing vegetables and other essentials from the roadside vendors as main shops still remained closed.
Curfew was also relaxed in other major towns in a phased manner. Indefinite curfew was imposed on August 24 to prevent people from attending the Lal Chowk march, call for which was given by the Coordination Committee (CC), spearheading the agitation in the Kashmir valley.
The CC, an alliance of both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference (HC), separatists and other organisations, are demanding, among other things, reopening of all routes with Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) for trade, release of detenues and withdrawal of troops and all special powers to security forces in the state.