Published: Sat, August 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Kashmir schools will reopen next week, says J&K chief secretary BVR Subrahmanyam

Kashmir schools will reopen next week, says J&K chief secretary BVR Subrahmanyam

Sustained efforts by armed forces have made terrorists accept their defeat, Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik said on Thursday.

This comes days after the Parliament revoked Article 370, that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two Union Territories, creating unrest in parts of Kashmir.

All roads leading to the venue were sealed off. Security forces were deployed in large numbers at the stadium and outside. The communication lines are mostly inaccessible and mainstream politicians are now under house arrest.

A watershed event in post-Independence history, it left the already tottering Congress leadership stunned and threw up detractors and defectors, further propelling regional parties to draw up separate equations with the BJP.

He said that said people need not be anxious about their identity after the steps taken by the Centre.

Restrictions were put in place here in the wake of the abrogation of the special status under Article 370 of the Constitution.

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Malik also said that stone-pelting incidents had come down as well as the recruitment of Kashmiri youth in terror outfits. Communication network have been curbed and security is cautious.

J-K Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, Muneer Khan said that their primary focus is to ensure peaceful Independence Day celebrations across the state.

Subrahmanyam also claimed, since the time the curfew was imposed, the government ensured that there was no shortage of essential supplies in the Valley, as people in Kashmir were able to access health care facilities, electricity and water supply without any hindrance.

While schools have remained shut for the past two weeks, shops and other business establishments have also been closed since August 5.

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.

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. A few preventive detentions of individuals were made in accordance with the provisions of the law to maintain peace, Subrahmanyam said. "All necessary steps to relax prohibition will be taken", Kansal said.

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