Normalcy Returns To Valley

Normalcy Returns To Valley

23 February 2013
Greater Kashmir
Shabir ibn Yusuf

Srinagar: Kashmir valley returned to normal on Saturday after three days of strike and subsequent curfew in the backdrop of hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru. The markets in Srinagar and other major towns of the valley were abuzz with activity as shopkeepers opened their outlets this morning. Government as well as private offices and commercial establishments also opened while public and private transport plied normally throughout the day. In Srinagar, traffic jams were witnessed at several places as roads were flooded with vehicles. Tourists were also seen roaming in Srinagar markets and shopkeepers were seen busy. The ration depots of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Department in most areas of Srinagar witnessed heavy rush of people since Saturday morning. People were seen in long queues outside LPG outlets. The ATM booths also witnessed heavy rush of people. Though the towns and cities did not witness deployment of forces today, the authorities had kept contingents of police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on alert. 'We have put the joint contingents of police and CRPF in police stations to tackle any problem of law and order,' a senior police officer told Greater Kashmir. 'Everything was calm Saturday. No untoward incident was reported from any part of the valley,' he said. Since the hanging of Afzal Guru in Tihar Jail New Delhi on February 9, the valley has witnessed protests demonstrations at several places. Three persons have died and over 200 others injured, including 70 forces personnel, in clashes between protesters and forces in different parts of valley.