Srinagar: The government-imposed restrictions have been completely removed in Jammu while they will continue in parts of Kashmir “for sometime”, a senior police officer said today, adding that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir is under control and that there have been no major injuries to anyone. The announcement comes a day after the Union Home Ministry said the restrictions will be removed in a phased manner.
Here are the top 10 updates on this big story:
- Jammu and Kashmir has been under an unprecedented security cover and prohibitory orders banning large gatherings since August 4 – a day before the government announced that it has withdrawn special status for the state and will bifurcate it into two union territories.
- “Restrictions imposed in Jammu have been completely removed. They will continue in some places of Kashmir for sometime,” said Munir Khan, one of the senior-most officers of Jammu and Kashmir Police, at a press conference in Srinagar.
- There have been only a few pellet injuries that have been treated, he said. The officer said the main focus at the moment is to ensure peaceful Independence Day celebrations across the state.
- On Tuesday, the government had justified the curbs, saying as a trade-off between restrictions and loss of life, the government chose restrictions.
- Almost 400 political leaders of the Kashmir Valley, including two former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, are under detention. More than 50,000 security personnel are on streets.
- Jammu and Kashmir has been paralysed by an unprecedented lockdown to prevent any backlash over the government’s big move on Article 370 that gave special status to the state. As part of a complete communications blackout, phone services and internet connections remain suspended. Top officials are using satellite phones to communicate.
- The top bureaucrat in Jammu and Kashmir had said the administration is hoping that Independence Day would be celebrated in a “grand and benefitting manner” in all parts of the state.
- Restrictions have been imposed on a number of occasions earlier — even during auspicious occasions such as Eid for apprehensions about breach of peace.
- Eid-al-Adha or Bakrid had passed peacefully in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday, barring a few sporadic incidents, the government had said. But the mood was subdued as the streets of Srinagar remained deserted under the watchful eyes of the security personnel. The restriction measures, which had been lifted for a day, were back on Sunday morning.
- The Supreme Court, which heard a petition against the lockdown on Tuesday, said the situation is “sensitive”. The government, it said, must get more time to resolve it and “one must rely on the government”.
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