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Kashmir row: Clashes re-begin as curfew lifted

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Srinagar: Since the present unrest began, authorities on Wednesday lifted curfew for the first time from Kashmir Valley, following which clashes erupted at some places between youths and government forces.

Youths took to the roads, after the forces were removed from Nowhatta area of old Srinagar city on Wednesday morning. Similar scene was witnessed in Tengpora area and north Kashmir’s Sopore town.

“Curfew has been lifted from the entire valley. Restrictions preventing assembly of five or more persons under section 144 CrPc will remain in force,” a police official said here.

People were seen buying vegetables, milk, bread and other essentials of life on Wednesday morning from vendors and bakers in Srinagar city. Private transport started operating uptown city roads, but main markets, public transport and educational institutions remained closed for 54th consecutive day.

At least 70 people have been killed and over 11,000 injured in the ongoing violence that started here on July 9, a day after top militant, Burhan Wani was killed.

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