SRINAGAR: After 79 days and more than80 deaths, curfew and restrictions have been lifted from all parts of the Kashmir valley. The curfew had been set up since July 9, a day after the killing of 22-year-old Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani, which had activated huge protest over the Kashmir Valley.
But with the separatists' call for shutdown proceeding with, streets are yet to look busy and the empty shikaras tied down on the banks of the Dal Lake stress the scary silence.Despite the fact that the vast majority have respected the choice, the basic opinion behind the agitation is still discernable.
"It is a welcome step. You need to lift the curfew to give peace a chance. Unless and until curfew is lifted, the chances of normalcy are low," said Munib Raja, a hotelier in Srinagar. A pastry shop owner at Dal Gate, he wants a resolution of the disputes once and for all. "We will observe the strike for as long as the Hurriyat calls a strike. We want freedom and peace, we want safety of our children in Kashmir," said Hilal Ahmad.
To suppress the turmoil, the police have propelled a monstrous crackdown against the general population suspected to be behind it. Official sources say more than 6,000 individuals have been captured for disturbing the peace.
About 400 individuals have been kept under the Public Safety Act. They can be imprisoned for up to two years without trial. Till now, the police have enrolled more than 2,200 FIRs against 5,600 individuals for their association in dissents and stone pelting.
Amid the distress, 87 individuals have been murdered and more than 8,000 have been harmed – more than 800 of them individuals have gotten pellet wounds in their eyes and it is far-fetched that huge numbers of them will recover complete vision.