SRINAGAR — A two-day curfew was imposed in the Kashmir Valley on Tuesday ahead of the first anniversary of the scrapping of Article 370, which granted special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Sources said the decision was taken at the security core group meeting held on Monday in Srinagar, reports IANS.
The meeting was chaired by Lt general B.S. Raju, GOC of army’s Srinagar headquartered 15 corps.
The sources said the decision was taken following specific inputs that separatists and Pakistan sponsored groups were planning to hold violent protests which could endanger public order.
The Indian Express quoted IG (Kashmir Zone) J&K Police K Vijay Kumar as saying, “There will be restrictions in place across Kashmir. There are apprehensions of militants attacks in the coming days, and the relaxation in the Covid lockdown was only for Eid.”
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Medical emergencies and government staff holding valid identity cards and passes have been exempted from these restrictions imposed under section 144 CrPC.
The preparations start a full 24 hours earlier this year compared to 2019 with Srinagar, and I presume the same is being done across the valley, being placed under strict curfew from tonight for the next two days. pic.twitter.com/WBpCAxrs2G
— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) August 3, 2020
Former CM and NC leader Omar Abdullah tweeted, “The preparations start a full 24 hours earlier this year compared to 2019 with Srinagar, and I presume the same is being done across the valley, being placed under strict curfew from tonight for the next two days.”
(With inputs from IANS)