Restrictions remain as Kashmir marks a year of art-370’s revocation

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Curfew-like restrictions remained enforced in Kashmir on Wednesday as the decision to rip apart the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir into two federally-governed territories complete a year on 5 August.

“Police and CRPF personnel were deployed in strength across the valley, especially Srinagar city, to ensure that the plans of separatists to disturb peace do not succeed,” unnamed officials told Press Trust of India.

The officials said police vehicles, fitted with public address system, went around localities soon after day break announcing imposition of strict restrictions for combating COVID-19 spread.

“There is a ban on assembly of more than three persons and people are requested not to violate the law and stay indoors,” the police said.

Barricades have been set up at hundreds of places in the valley including Srinagar city to regulate movement of essential services and emergencies, while concertina wires have been laid to block some parts of the roads, reported PTI.

Authorities in Srinagar had on Monday announced that curfew will be imposed in Srinagar city in view of inputs about violent protests endangering public life and property as the separatist and Pakistan-sponsored groups were planning to observe 5 August the first anniversary of the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status — as a Black Day .

However, the order imposing curfew was suddenly withdrawn on Tuesday evening.

An official spokesman said the decision to revoke the curfew order was taken as Tuesday passed off without any untoward incident. (Inputs from PTI)

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