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Curfew In Kashmir A Year After Union Territory Move, Article 370 Scrapped

Curfew has been imposed in Kashmir valley on August four and 5 (File)

New Delhi:

Curfew has been imposed in Kashmir valley on Tuesday and Wednesday because the nation’s latest Union Territory marks a yr because it was fashioned. The Srinagar district Justice of the Peace in an order stated they have details about “separatists and Pakistan sponsored groups planning to observe August 5 as Black Day”.

“…Protests are not ruled out. There are specific inputs about violent protests endangering public life and property,” the order for Srinagar district stated, although the curfew is relevant throughout Kashmir valley.

People engaged in important companies amid the COVID-19 pandemic are allowed to maneuver, the order stated.

Similar curfew had been imposed from early August final yr after the centre scrapped particular standing to Jammu and Kashmir below Article 370 of the Constitution and divided the state into two Union Territories, the opposite being Ladakh. Hundreds of political leaders had been detained or arrested. Many leaders are nonetheless below home arrest, together with former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.

The order for the recent curfew additionally stated the measures will reinforce COVID-19 restrictions which are already in place at containment zones. “…Movement and assembly of people have been prohibited to avoid spread (of COVID-19) particularly in wake of recent spike. Thus, any mass gathering would be detrimental to efforts related to COVID-19 containment as well,” the district Justice of the Peace stated.

Former chief minister Omar Abdullah, who was launched on March 11 after almost eight months in detention, tweeted the “preparations (for restrictions) start a full 24 hours earlier this year compared to 2019.”

“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,” tweeted Mr Abdullah, whose father Farooq Abdullah, additionally a former chief minister, was freed on March 13.

Mehbooba Mufti, below detention since August 5 final yr, has been booked below the stringent Public Safety Act for one more three months. The transfer comes on a day when People’s Conference chief Sajad Lone was launched from detention on July 31, simply 5 days wanting a yr since he was detained over protest towards the centre’s transfer in Jammu and Kashmir. With this three-month extension, the People’s Democratic Party chief will spend over a yr in detention.

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