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Curbs to be eased gradually from Friday, says J&K Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam

A ballon seller rides his bicycle during the curfew in Srinagar on Friday, 16, August 2019.

A ballon seller rides his bicycle during the curfew in Srinagar on Friday, 16, August 2019.   | Photo Credit: NISSAR AHMAD

On Friday, the twelfth day of restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir, the State administration announced that it is planning to ease the curbs gradually after Friday prayers.

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam, in a brief interaction with journalists in Srinagar, said government offices had started functioning from Friday and travel restrictions had been removed from most places.


“Twelve of 25 districts [in the region] are functioning normally. There are restrictions only in five districts,” he said, adding that they would be gradually removed in the coming days.

BSNL is working on restoring landline connections. Mobile and Internet connectivity will, however, continue to be suspended keeping in view possible terror threats and misinformation from Pakistan.

Crediting the people and the security forces for maintaining peace in the region, Mr. Subramaniam rubbished reports of violence in the Valley. “There has been no single loss of life nor serious injuries... The credit for this goes to the people of the State and the security agencies. We all know what happened in 2008, 2016 and 2018,” he said.

The administration is also considering reopening schools in a phased manner. “It will be opened after the weekend area-wise,” he said. Restriction of movements will also be removed in the next few days.

Mr. Subramaniam also said the preventive detentions were being continuously reviewed, without elaborating on when the leaders would be released.

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