New Delhi: The Jammu and Kashmir administration has ordered a strict curfew in Srinagar district on August 4 and 5 as the union territory marks one year of its formation as well as the abrogation of Article 370 and 35A, that granted the erstwhile state a special status.
Imposing Section 144 of the CrPC, the Srinagar district magistrate said that they received information that several “separatists and Pakistan-sponsored groups” were planning to observe August 5 as “Black Day”, adding that “protests are not ruled out”.
The curfew is applicable across the Kashmir Valley, barring only medical emergencies and movement of staff on Covid-19 duty with valid pass/card.
The order added that the restriction on movement and assembly of people was already in place in view of the coronavirus pandemic and a curfew has been imposed to “prevent such violence and loss of life/property”.
“These restrictions come into force with immediate effect & remain in force on 4th & 5th August,” the Srinagar DM stated.
Sharing the order on his Twitter, Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah made a snide remark at the administration saying “preparations start a full 24 hours earlier this year compared to 2019”.