After the lockdown for the last six days, the Kashmir valley woke up to the public moving about freely as the curbs imposed had been lifted before EiD festival. People were seen buying the essential stuff necessary for the festivities. Many people stepped out to buy sheep for the oncoming Eid festival. The situation is now returning to normalcy as curfew has been lifted in Jammu. All government and private schools of Jammu division also opened today. Though the mobile and internet services have still not been restored but gradually the valley got up to see normal life.
Prior to the government’s scrapping of the Article 370, and came up with the Reorganisation Bill, the Jammu and Kashmir underwent a total lockdown with about 50,000 army deployed and an imposition of Section 144.
keeping the festive season in mind, on Saturday, the District Magistrate of Jammu had withdrawn section 144 of CrPC, which prohibits an assembly of more than four people, which was imposed in the district five days ago. The order, issued by the District Magistrate of Jammu, Sushma Chauhan, had stated: “The order dated August 5 issued under section 144 CrPC, within Municipal Limits of Jammu district is hereby withdrawn.”
The District Magistrate tweeted about the ground level reality that exists in Kashmir, “More than 250 ATMs have been made functional in #Srinagar. Bank branches are also open. Advance Salary on Eid eve being credited on Saturday. Observing the ease, people in Valley thronging onto the streets and bought essential to celebrate EID festival.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has been camping in the Valley and meeting the J&K police personnel and members of other central forces. On Saturday, CRPF chief R.R. Bhatnagar also met the force’s jawans.