|Photo caption: Indian troops stand guard as it rains in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Aug 28, 2016. A strict curfew, a series of communication blackouts and a tightening crackdown failed to stop some of Kashmir’s largest protests against Indian rule in recent years, triggered by the killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan)|
NEW DELHI – Indian authorities Monday lifted curfew from Indian-controlled Kashmir after 52 days of lockdown in the region.
The unrest fuelled in the wake of killing of 22-year-old militant Burhan Wani in July by Indian security forces and since then more than 70 people have been killed and over 7,000 people injured.
Officials said curfew has now been lifted from most parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir, except in trouble-torn Pulwama district and some parts of the state capital Srinagar.
However, restrictions under Section 144 of India’s Criminal Procedure Code, which prohibits unlawful assembly of 10 or more people, will remain enforced in the region, officials said.
The lifting of the curfew came a day after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said “any life lost … is India’s loss” and talked about unity and compassion to bring peace there.
And a day before Modi’s outreach program to people of the region through his monthly radio address, Indian-controlled Kashmir’s first woman Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti appealed for calm.
“I may have got angry with you and you may be angry with me, but give me a chance,” she made an emotional appeal to local people, after meeting Modi in the national capital Saturday.