Jammu and Kashmir has been under a clampdown since August 5.
The centre today defended the restrictions imposed on Jammu and Kashmir, terming them as preventive measures in view of credible inputs that terror groups backed by Pakistan were planning to launch a major strike there. “Not a single loss of life or serious injury was reported. Only a few preventive detentions were made to prevent breach of law and order and maintain peace,” Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam told mediapersons.
Jammu and Kashmir has been under clampdown since August 5, when the centre abruptly revoked its special status through a presidential order and bifurcated it into two separate union territories. Many social activists and opposition politicians, including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, termed it as a violation of human rights.
Mr Subrahmanyam said that normalcy would return to the region soon, given that government offices have already started functioning. “From next week, schools will begin reopening in a phased manner,” he said, adding that telecom services should be restored by the coming weekend.
“Keeping the evolving situation in view, we are taking steps to ease restrictions in a gradual and calibrated manner,” the Chief Secretary said. “Preventive detentions are also being reviewed and appropriate decisions will be taken keeping law and order in view.”
The centre had taken prominent political leaders, including National Conference leader Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti, into custody the night before revoking Jammu and Kashmir’s statehood under Article 370 of the Constitution. They are yet to be released.
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