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Lockdown in Kashmir Just Before the Revocation of Article 370 Marks it’s First Year

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As the Kashmir valley is going to mark the first anniversary of the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status on August 5, the state increased restrictions to check the spread of Coronavirus.

The centre last year revoked Articles 370 and 35-A of the constitution and divided the former state into two union territories. There are complete travel restrictions, except for emergency or essential purposes. Most of the roads and markets are sealed. The government sought the cooperation of the people to make this lockdown a success.

While Business activities are put to a halt, Banks and Government officials will be allowed to get to their workplace following the basic necessary instructions. Construction workers will also be allowed in the manner of the same with valid identity cards or movement passes.

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Security forces have been deployed and any violation will lead to strict action, as officials said.  Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday recorded 444 new coronavirus cases with 206 from Jammu region and 238 from the valley.

While Udhampur district in Jammu region recorded the highest of 69 new positive cases followed by 65 in Jammu District, Srinagar had 62 cases.

PDP President Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija Mufti said regarding the increased security in the valley, that “anger and frustration felt by people” against the Centre’s decision “remain hidden”.

Mahbooba Mufti file photo

“Suddenly, there is heightened security & surveillance in the valley. Not like non-discriminatory COVID virus will be more active in the days approaching 5th August so clearly this is being done to ensure that anger & frustration felt by people here remain hidden,” Iltija posted on her mother’s Twitter handle which she has been using since Mehbooba was taken into custody in August last year.

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