Tuesday, 22 October, 2019

Clampdown in IoK tightened ahead of India’s independence day

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The Governor said this after hoisting the national flag at the Sher-e-Kashmir stadium in Srinagar to mark the first Independence Day since abrogation of the state's special status, news agency PTI reported. Only those with passes were allowed to go in.

According to the police sources, Lashkar and Jaish militant outfits have been active in the state and there were inputs of possible militant strike.

Mainstream political leaders were not present in the function as majority have been arrested after the scrapping of Article 370.

Subrahmanyam also said that after Friday prayers, immediate reports suggested that the state was peaceful and added that life in Jammu and Kashmir would resume normalcy soon.

While communication, including internet, mobile and landline services, was completely blocked in the Valley in the wake of the scrapping of special status to the state under Article 370 and the state's bifurcation, schools and colleges were ordered to remain shut because of a curfew. Communication network have been curbed and security is cautious. Similarly reservation has been extended to the Pahari Speaking People and also Economically Weaker Sections (EWSs) of the Society.He said that the government is committed to safe return and rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley.

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Referring to the government's decision to read down Article 370, the chief secretary said the government's approach was guided by the conviction that all-round development was the most credible solution to address separatist sentiments that were propagated by "vested interests".

"At present, the entire state administration is pre-occupied with making arrangements for the celebration of Independence Day", Malik said in a statement.

Security forces were deployed in strength in the market places and the highways.

"A few preventive detentions of individuals were also made in accordance with the provisions of the law to maintain law and order and avoid breach of peace", said the chief secretary. "This is already visible on the roads as the roads are full of regular traffic and we expect to an increase in the coming days", he said. "All necessary steps to relax prohibition will be taken", Kansal said.

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