Despite lifting of curfew severe curbs remain in place in Kashmir
Srinagar: Curfew-like restrictions, mainly to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, remained enforced in Kashmir on Wednesday as the union territory marks the first anniversary of revocation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
Police and CRPF personnel were deployed in strength across the valley, especially Srinagar city, to ensure that the plans of separatists to disturb peace do not succeed, officials said.
The officials said police vehicles, fitted with public address system, went around localities soon after day break announcing imposition of strict restrictions for combating COVID-19 spread.
“There is a ban on assembly of more than three persons and people are requested not to violate the law and stay indoors,” the police said.
Barricades have been set up at hundreds of places in the valley including Srinagar city to regulate movement of essential services and emergencies, while concertina wires have been laid to block some parts of the roads, the officials said.
Authorities in Srinagar had on Monday announced that curfew will be imposed in Srinagar city in view of inputs about violent protests endangering public life and property as the separatist and Pakistan-sponsored groups were planning to observe 5 August the first anniversary of the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status — as a Black Day .
However, the order imposing curfew was suddenly withdrawn on Tuesday evening.
An official spokesman said the decision to revoke the curfew order was taken as Tuesday passed off without any untoward incident.
Meanwhile, people complained about the government’s announcement about lifting of the curfew proving to be a ‘hoax’ as no movement of people was allowed in any part of Kashmir valley on Wednesday.
“We were disallowed to move on the Highway from Pampore as we headed for Srinagar,” said Waseem Ahmad, a pharmacist.
He said that police and CRPF men were not allowing people to move from one place to another despite announcement by the administration that curfew has been lifted.
“Strict curfew has been put in place as nobody is being allowed to move,” he added. (with PTI inputs)