By Fahad Shah
After seven days of strict curfew in the Kashmir Valley state authorities gave some respite to the inhabitants of Srinagar city by lifting curfew for some hours in the late afternoon. People flocked towards shops to buy essential commodities as most of them are in difficult conditions like shortage of food items.
During this relaxation no untoward incident was reported. One of the customers at a grocery shop in Soura, a young boy told Kashmirwalla India can put us under strict restrictions but they can’t imprison the sentiment of freedom which is in our hearts. “I have been at home since Eid but I don’t feel agitated against the ongoing movement because this is the only thing which state does when they fail to address the aspirations of people,” he said.
Kashmir has been under strict curfew since the Lal chowk march from Eidgah grounds following the call of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. Thousands of people offered Eid prayers there and marched towards the historical Lal Chowk, business hub of Valley. People gathered near the recently renovated clock tower. Young boys broke the latticework of tower to climb on the top of it and hoisted multi colored flags. It was first time in the history of Kashmir a ‘stone pelter’s flag’ of black, white, orange and green strips was hoisted at the top of tower.
More than three month old uprising in the Valley erupted when a 17-year-old school boy Tufail Ahmad mattoo was killed by a plastic pallet fired by police, which hit him on head leaving his skull broken and brain damaged. He was returning from tuitions when he was hit near a Gani Memorial football stadium in Rajouri Kadal, Srinagar.
Since then a toll of 100 killings has reached in the Valley. State government replied to the Lal Chowk march by imposing strict ever curfew in whole Valley which has led to many problems for the people. Non availability of medicines and baby food has worsened the situation in every family of Kashmir. Though, today’s relaxation brought some relief.