State Times NewsJAMMU: As the situation is fast returning to normal, district authorities on Tuesday relaxed curfew for two hours in the jurisdiction of three police station areas of Jammu and later extended it to other parts of South Jammu between 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM. According to ground reports, no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in the city. Large number of people came out to purchase essential items. Meanwhile, elaborate transport facilities were provided to stranded passengers to return to Kashmir valley from Bathindi. The district authorities had directed Food Civil, Supplies and Consumer Affairs Department to throw open ration supply shops and asked concerned banks to ensure adequate amount of cash in the ATM counters enabling account holders to withdraw cash. LPG supply was also ensured at several places for the common people. After assessing the ground reports, District Magistrate, Jammu, Ramesh Kumar ordered relaxation of curfew in the areas falling under the jurisdiction of police station Nowabad, Jammu city and Peer Mitha from 11.30 AM to 01.30 PM. Later it was extended between 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM in Jammu South. However, he said restrictions under Section 144 CrPC would remain imposed to maintain law and order. All wine shops and bars would remain closed, Kumar said. Curfew was imposed in entire Jammu city on Friday following massive anti-Pakistan protests and sporadic incidents of violence over the terror attack in Pulwama district of south Kashmir which left 40 CRPF personnel martyred on Thursday. Inspector General of Police, Jammu, M.K Sinha also visited Bathindi and interacted with locals in the area. On Monday, authorities relaxed curfew for three hours in five police station areas of south Jammu and the relaxation period passed off peacefully. Curfew restrictions will remain imposed till 8.00 AM on Wednesday morning after which final decision will be taken to extend it or lift it, official sources said. Mobile Internet services continued to remain suspended as a precautionary measure to check spread of rumours but BSNL broadband services are functioning normally.
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