Tuesday, 17 September, 2019

India plans to ease Kashmir clampdown in next few days

Sonia Gandhi was elected as interim president of the Congress. Credit LSTV grab  PTI Sonia Gandhi was elected as interim president of the Congress. Credit LSTV grab PTI
Steven Clarke | 17 August, 2019, 03:42

"Preventive detentions are being continuously reviewed, based on law and order situations", Subrahmanyam, said at a press conference.

The chief secretary said the government had taken steps to ensure there was no shortage of essentials and medicines during the period of restrictions.

"Twelve districts in Jammu and Kashmir functioning normally and limited restrictions only in five districts", he said adding that it was done to keep the security situation in control during the Independence Day.

The chief secretary justified imposition of restrictions in the Valley saying the decisions taken nearly fortnight ago had mandated taking "preventive steps as precautionary measures owing to history of cross border terrorism". He was arrested in Delhi and taken back to Srinagar, where he was detained under the Public Safety Act.

Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary also said that the preventive detentions are now under review and appropriate decisions will be made based on law and order assessments.

"The measures put in place have ensured that there has not been a single loss of life", Subrahmanyam said. Eid celebrations were held in a harmonious and peaceful manner. "There will be easing of restrictions in the coming days in an orderly way". Restrictions on movement in public will be removed area by area, and public transport will also begin.

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Kashmir has been witnessing restrictions on the movement of people and traffic after the abgrogation of Article 370.

He said telecom connectivity will be gradually restored "exchange by exchange" keeping in mind the "constant threat posed by terrorist organisations in using mobile connectivity to organise terror actions".

He further said the situation in Kashmir continued to be calm as no major incidents have been reported due to which the government has given further relaxation in prohibitory orders in many areas.

Meanwhile, Kashmir remained shut for the 12th consecutive day on Friday even as authorities relaxed the restrictions in this summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, allowing people to move around relatively freely for the first time since the Centre abrogated provisions of Article 370 and divided the state into two union territories.

Since then, the state had been under lockdown and security forces were put on maximum alert to "pre-empt" and "prevent" any breach of security.

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