Normalcy Returns To Valley9 February 2010
Srinagar: Life returned to normal in the summer capital on Tuesday as authorities lifted restrictions across the old city even as youth staged protests at Nishat on the fourth day of mourning against the killing of a teenager, Zahid Farooq by unidentified troopers last week. The shops, business establishments, courts, banks and other government and private offices reopened this morning while the vehicular traffic also resumed as all the roads were cleared of barricades. Both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference had asked people not to observe any strike and to resume normal life. The district administration lifted the restrictions it had imposed last week across the summer capital, mainly in the old city, to check the protests after a teenager, Wamiq Farooq, 13, of Rainawari was killed during police action on protesters near Gojwara in old city. Five days after his death, on Friday, another youth Zahid Farooq, 16, of Brain Nishat was killed by the unidentified paramilitary troopers when he had gone to play cricket near his residence. SHUTDOWN, PROTESTS IN NISHAT Zahid’s forth day mourning was observed today at his Brain residence amidst pro-freedom protests. A shutdown was observed in the area against the killing. Scores of youth staged protests near Brain Bazaar and demanded that the guilty BSF troopers be identified and bought to book. “Whosoever is involved in his cold-blooded murder should be identified and given stern punishment,” the slogan shouting youth said. Meanwhile, life also returned to normal in other districts of the valley, reports said. The shops and business were open while traffic also plied normally.