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Section 144 in Srinagar on One Year of Jammu and Kashmir as Union Territory

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”.

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”.

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