The Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) government on Sunday partially snapped mobile Internet services and imposed restrictions on the movement of people in Srinagar and the Kashmir Valley. The pilgrims of the Amarnath Yatra, which was supposed to continue till August 15, and the tourists were also asked to leave the Kashmir Valley within 24 hours. According to the reports, section 144 has been imposed across Srinagar.
The administration issued the orders just two days after it asked all the Amarnath yatris and the tourists to leave the Kashmir Valley, citing an intelligence input of terror attacks, specifically on the pilgrims. The J&K administration also curtailed the Amarnath Yatra in view of the security situation. The J&K government was prompted to curtail the Amarnath yatra after the Indian Army said that Pakistan terrorists were plotting to carry out an attack on the ongoing pilgrimage.
KASHMIR TURMOIL: TOP DEVELOPMENTS
1. Former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti have been restricted to move out of their residences as “strict curfew imposed till the crack of dawn”. Meanwhile, Congress leader Usman Majid and CPI (M) MLA MY Tarigami have claimed that they have been arrested.
“I believe I’m being placed under house arrest from midnight tonight & the process has already started for other mainstream leaders. No way of knowing if this is true but if it is then I’ll see all of you on the other side of whatever is in store. Allah save us,” Omar Abdullah tweeted.
2. Former Chief Minister and PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti assured the people of Kashmir that her party is with them in “such difficult times”. “I would like to assure our people that come what may, we are in this together & will fight it out. Nothing should break our resolve to strive for what’s rightfully ours,” she tweeted.
“Hearing reports about the internet being snapped soon including cellular coverage. Curfew passes being issued too. God knows what awaits us tomorrow. It’s going to be a long night,” she said.
3. Section 144 has been imposed across Srinagar and restrictions have been imposed on the movement of the people. The curfew will remain in force until further orders.
4. All schools, colleges and academic institutions both private and government are advised to remain closed as a measure of caution. A complete bar has been imposed on holding any kind of public meeting or rally during the period of operation of this order.
5. Identity cards of essential services officials will be treated as movement passes wherever required, as per the reports.
6. A total of 40 companies of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been deployed in the Jammu region.
7. Meanwhile, Mehbooba mufti said she will hold a meeting with her party on the ongoing situation in the Kashmir Valley at 10 am. Mehbooba Mufti may also carry out protests at 10:30 am.
8. Kashmir remained on edge on Sunday as authorities stepped up security deployment at vital installations and sensitive areas amid heightened terror threat and flare up of hostilities with Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC). Various educational institutions also directed their students to vacate hostels.
9. Leaders of the regional parties on Sunday held a meeting at the residence of National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and unanimously resolved to “fight any attempt to abrogate the constitutional provisions that guarantee it special status or any move to trifurcate the state”.
Reading out a resolution adopted at the meeting, Farooq Abdullah said the parties have decided to send delegations to meet President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leaders of political parties to apprise them about the consequences of any attempt to abrogate Article 370 and Article 35A of the Constitution, or carry out delimitation of constituencies or trifurcating the state.
10. Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah held a meeting with top security officials as the turmoil in the Kashmir Valley escalated. The officials said that Amit Shah may have discussed the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir. The hour-long meeting was attended by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other senior officials. However, what exactly transpired in the meeting is not known immediately.