Authorities in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir imposed restrictions however eliminated curfew in Srinagar even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced celebrations marking the primary anniversary of the nullification of Article 370, which accorded particular status to the erstwhile state.
In Srinagar, the federal government said there have been apprehensions of protests and “subversive activities” on Wednesday. Groups of policemen and paramilitary personnel patrolled the principle roads and made folks keep indoors. Only authorities workers with legitimate curfew passes had been solely allowed on the roads.
Later, the federal government eliminated the curfew however said restrictions on meeting and motion of individuals will proceed. At many locations, roads had been blocked with barbed wires. “We aren’t been allowed to come on the main road. The policemen are imposing the strict curfew without any relaxation,’’ said Ali Mohammad who lives at Abi Guzar.
Muzzuffar Shah, nephew of former chief minister Farooq Abdullah said the road leading to their house was blocked and alleged that the restrictions were aimed at thwarting a meeting of mainstream political leaders called by Abdullah on Wednesday. Peoples Conference chairman Sajjad Lone, who was released last week, also made a veiled attack on the Centre.
In Jammu, BJP unit president Ravinder Raina announced celebrations to mark the event. He requested all party leaders to avoid gatherings and asked all workers to hoist the Tricolour on their roofs. He also appealed to the common people to light earthen lamps. The Congress said it will urge people to discuss the impact of the effective abrogation of Article 370.
Meanwhile, police said terrorists shot at BJP sarpanch Arif Ahmad in south Kashmir’s Kulgam district. IGP, Kashmir, Vijay Kumar said: “He was shifted to emergency hospital Qazigund. He had firearm injury in neck and condition is critical.”