Life Returns To Normal In Valley

Life Returns To Normal In Valley

17 March 2013
Rising Kashmir


Srinagar: Curfew was lifted from all parts of Srinagar city after four days as life returned to normalcy in Kashmir valley on Sunday. In an attempt to compensate for the unscheduled off days due to curfew and strikes, some private schools had decided to keep their institutions open. While authorities had relaxed curfew in most parts of the city on Saturday, restrictions continued in some areas as a precautionary measure. Curfew was imposed in entire Srinagar district on the stroke of midnight on Tuesday in the wake of killing of a youth in CRPF firing in Zoonimar area of the city. Shops and business establishments remained open while public transport plied normally on all routes. Many students could be seen at bus stops in many parts of the city early morning despite Sunday being the designated weekly off for the schools. Among the leading schools which opened today for classes were the several branches of Delhi Public School in Srinagar, Budgam, Baramulla and Anantnag districts of the valley. The move comes in response to curfew imposed by the government and frequent strikes called by Mutahida Majlis Mushawrat (MMM), separatist amalgam spearheading campaign for seeking return of mortal remains of Afzal Guru, in the past two weeks. While authorities have imposed curfew on nine days in March due to various reasons, MMM have called for strike on three days during the same period. While parents of the students are satisfied with the decision taken by the schools, they called on the government as well as the separatists to ensure that education institutes are not affected by the stir. 'Education should be conflict neutral. Both the sides should think of a way out to enable the learning process to continue,' Muhammad Yousuf, whose daughter was one of the students attending school today, said. Mansoor Ahmad, another parent, said the students of Kashmir had suffered during the 2010 summer agitation and it should not be repeated this year.