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Curfew, restrictions continue in Kashmir

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The police constable Khurshid Ahmed was killed outside his house in Koil village at around 3:00 a.m. As per reports he was leaving his home for duties when the militants shot him from a close range

Militants killed a police constable identified as Khurshid Ahmad Ganai in Koil village of Pulwama district on Saturday morning when he was leaving for duty.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh will lead an all-party team to Srinagar on September 4, an official said on Monday, as curfew was lifted from nearly all parts of the Kashmir Valley after 51 long days.

Curfew was clamped in entire Valley on July 9 following violence in the aftermath of Wani’s killing in an encounter in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district a day earlier.

All education institutes, shops, transport and other businesses remain suspended.

Normal life remained paralysed for the 49th consecutive day due to curfew, restrictions and separatist-sponsored strike. The attendance in government offices and banks was also affected, the official said.

“However, the security forces will remain deployed in strength in sensitive areas of the Valley to maintain law and order”, the official said. Last week, the separatists asked people to continue the shutdown until September 1. Separatist leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq attempted to take out processions to Eidgah but both were detained just when they left their residences where they are under house arrest. 68 people have been killed so far and thousands wounded in street protests.

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