Curfew lifted from 4 Kashmir districts ahead of Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit

Curfew was on Saturday lifted from four districts of Kashmir and parts of Srinagar city in view of the improving situation in these areas but remained in force in the rest of the Valley as a precautionary measure.
“Curfew has been lifted from Bandipora, Baramulla, Budgam and Ganderbal districts and some parts of Srinagar city in view of the improving situation in these areas,” a police official said.
The official said, however, restrictions on assembly of four or more people under Section 144 of the CrPC would continue in areas where curfew has been lifted.
He said curfew remained in force in Anantnag, Kulgam, Kupwara, Pulwama and Shopian districts of the Valley and eight police station areas of the city.
The situation across the Valley is peaceful so far.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is scheduled to arrive on a two-day visit later in the day, official sources said.
They said Singh would hold a meeting with the officials of the state soon after his arrival and meet civil society, political leaders and members from trade fraternity later in the afternoon.
The Home Minister has more meetings scheduled on Sunday morning before he flies back to New Delhi, sources said.
Life in Kashmir has been paralysed since July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces.
Fresh clashes broke out between protesters and security forces in Kashmir on Friday after the prayers killing a youth.
As many as 45 people have been killed and over 3,400 others injured in the violent clashes between protesters and security forces following Wani’s killing.