Curfew in Srinagar forward of first anniversary of revocation of Article 370

Tribune News Service
Srinagar, August 3

Srinagar administration has ordered full curfew within the district with speedy effect—a improvement that comes as Jammu and Kashmir marks a 12 months for the reason that central authorities learn down Articles 370 and 35-A, and cut up the state into two union territories.

Srinagar District Magistrate Shahid Iqbal Choudhary mentioned in an order issued on Monday that he was invoking powers vested in him below Section 144 of the Indian Penal Code to impose “complete restrictions on public movement/curfew” in Srinagar. The determination got here after the administration determined “specific inputs of violent protests” to watch August 5 as “Black Day”.

The order mentioned curfew will come into power with speedy impact and shall stay in impact on August four and August 5.

“Whereas Sr Superintendent of Police. Srinagar, vide communication No. 68/ I50-20/9389-91 dated 03.08.2020 has reported a series of inputs have been received suggesting that separatist and Pakistan sponsored group are planning to observe 5th August 2020 as Black Day, thereIn apprehension of violation action or protests are not ruled out. There are specific inputs about violent protests endangering public life and property,” the order learn.

The order additionally cited the state’s COVID-19 scenario and mentioned any such mass gathering could be detrimental to the efforts” of COVID  containment.

“Whereas the report further suggests that in view of restrictions aimed at COVlD-19 containment already in place the movement and assembly of people have been prohibited to avoid spread particularly in wake of recent spike. Thus, any such mass gathering would be detrimental to efforts related to COVlD-I9 containment as well.”

“Whereas the report has further made a case that to prevent such violence and loss of life/property, it’s imminent to impose curfew in the district.  Therefore, after having considered the material facts in said report and examining the situation in backdrop of prevailing factors. I. District Magistrate. Srinagar, by virtue of power vested in me u/s 144 CrPC hereby order complete restrictions on public movement/ curfew in territorial jurisdiction of District Srinagar.”

hese restrictions shall come into power with speedy impact and shall stay in power on August four and 5, the order mentioned, including, the restrictions beforehand ordered on account of COVID-19 shall proceed thereafter until August 8, until revised earlier.

The central authorities imposed full restrictions on motion when it abrogated Article 370 and 35-A on August 5 final 12 months. Several mainstream politicians, together with three of the state’s former chief ministers—Farooq and Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti—were positioned below detention.

While the Abdullahs—against whom the UT administration invoked the draconian Public Safety Act, alongside with Mufti and another leaders—have been launched, the Jammu and Kashmir administration prolonged Mufti’s detention by three extra months.

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