Curfew lifted in Kashmir Valley

     Curfew was lifted in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, but prohibitory orders imposed under Section 144 of the Indian Panel Code, 1860,will remain invoked. Curfew was relaxed on Saturday in eight police station areas in Srinagar and Gandarbal, Badgam and Handwara towns. Inspector General of Police, Kashmir Range, Farooq Ahmad, said they have lifted the curfew in areas under the following police stations - Rajbagh, Kothibagh, Harwan, Nishat, Panthchowk, Shergari, Mushibagh and Karan Nagar. For the first time since July 30, no injuries were sustained by anybody during protests held at many places in the valley, which generally remained peaceful. Most petrol pumps, especially in central Kashmir's Badgam District, were running dry for the last two days, as the oil tankers organisation refused to bring in more supplies unless they were compensated for the damage suffered by them during protests. Hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has asked people to resume normal life for a day Sunday in order to buy essential supplies. Geelani has also made an appeal for peace in the Kashmir Valley asking people not to resort to violence by burning public property. "I appealed to the people not to burn police stations, rail tracks and public property. Violence will damage our fight and movement. It won't affect the people we are fighting against. It will affect us," he said. "The struggle has to be peaceful in all its forms. We should not provide the Government any opportunity to brand our movement is a wrong way," he added.

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