SRINAGAR: Restrictions, imposed in downtown Srinagar, Tral and Awantipora in Pulwama district in south Kashmir, to prevent any demonstrations following strike called by separatists on Saturday and Sunday, have been lifted.
Curfew-like restrictions were imposed on Saturday and continued for the second successive day on Sunday in the areas falling under police station M R Gunj, Nowhatta, Safa Kadal, Khanyar and Rainwari in the downtown in Srinagar to prevent any demonstration.
The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL), comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq and Mohammad Yaseen Malik, had called for a general strike on Saturday against the shifting of Dukharan-e-Milat (DeM) chief Asiya Andrabi and her two associates to New Delhi by National Investigation Agency (NIA) for their alleged anti-national activities.
All the three were given ten-day remand by the court in New Delhi.
The JRL had asked people to observe strike on Sunday on the second death anniversary of Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) commander Burhan Wani, who was killed in an encounter by security forces on July 8, 2016 in Anantnag.
The restrictions have been lifted and all road blocks on main and interior roads have been lifted in the downtown Srinagar.
Barbed wire and other road blocks have been removed and security forces withdrawn.
Shops and business establishments opened and traffic was plying on all routes, including busy Nallahmar road, normally.
Road leading to historic Jamia Masjid, where no Friday prayers could be offered due to restrictions, have been lifted and the worship place is open for prayers.
Meanwhile, restrictions in Tral and Awantipora and other adjoining areas in Pulwama were lifted.
All roads leading to Tral, the hometown of HM commander Burhan Wani, which were closed on Friday evening, are open on Monday after security forces removed all road blocks, nakas and barbed wire.
Hundreds of additional security forces and state police personnel who were deployed to strictly implement the curfew restrictions have been withdrawn.
However, militants hurled a hand grenade towards a CRPF vehicle at a camp which missed the intended target and exploded without causing any damage.