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Jammu & Kashmir situation ‘normal’: Governor Satya Pal Malik

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Mr. Malik seeks to put to rest speculation over deployment of fresh forces, urges public to ignore rumours.

Days after unprecedented security measures triggered panic among locals in Kashmir, Governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday sought to put all speculation around the possible abrogation of Article 35-A to rest, describing the situation in the State as “normal”.

“The orders [circulated on social media] in Kashmir are not valid,” said Mr. Malik, referring to a flurry of purported orders that had recently been circulating on social media. “Everything is fine and everything is normal. Rumours in Kashmir spread like wildfire and people shouldn’t pay any heed to it. A small incident happens in Lal Chowk, I get news at Governor’s House that a blast has occurred. Such is the rumour-mongering in Kashmir,” asserted Mr. Malik.

Panic gripped Kashmir in the past one week in the wake of a slew of security measures that included mobilisation of 10,000 troops, emergency orders to local police officers and a move to put mosques under the scanner. Regional parties have expressed apprehensions that the Centre is moving towards diluting J&K’s special status by abrogating Article 35A.

Meanwhile, former chief minister and National Conference (NC) vice president Omar Abdullah demanded a probe into “fake orders” circulated in the past few days. “Fake orders were circulated under the signature of senior government officers. This is not something that can be dismissed with a simple sound bite [by the Governor]. The CBI must be asked to investigate these fake orders and their origin,” said Mr. Abdullah.

CPI(M) leader M.Y. Tarigami said the Governor needs to clarify whether it was also a rumour that 100 additional companies of paramilitary forces were being deployed in Kashmir.

“One of his advisors is saying “the deployment was a deliberate and calculated response to the need of security grid,” while the Governor says the ‘government’ orders being circulated on social media in Kashmir from past few days were invalid. The government needs to clear this confusion,” said Mr. Tarigami.

Congress’s G.A. Mir also expressed serious concern over the current ‘chaotic’ situation in the State. “The Centre should come clean on rumour-mongering,” he said.

‘Atmosphere being vitiated’

Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq asserted that there was a deliberate attempt being made to vitiate the situation in J&K. “We are concerned by the government orders being circulated daily to create alarm among people, after the deployment of more forces. Any move against our places of worship and religious matters will be resisted strongly by all Muslims across the State,” said the Mirwaiz.

Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chairman Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai said Kashmir was unfortunately being made into a laboratory for experiments. “Kashmir is a political problem and requires peaceful solution. New Delhi is instead investing in fear psychosis,” he asserted.

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