Kashmir under curfew for first anniversary of revocation of Article 370

Starting Tuesday, the entire Kashmir valley is in lockdown as authorities fear violent protests from Pakistan-sponsored groups and separatists in the region. August 5 marks the day Kashmir was reorganized, to ensure peace in the region, Government officials are deploying Army and CRPF personnel throughout the region. They are using police vehicles with loudspeakers to announce the curfew across the region for 2 days.

Srinagar city, along with many other places in the Valley are being barricaded, only essential goods are being let in. The curfew was announced on Monday 3rd August as separatists and Pakistan sponsored groups are aiming to celebrate the 5th of August as a ‘black day’.

Also, Srinagar District Magistrate Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary has said that mass gathering of people can be detrimental not only for the peace but also to ensure that the Corona virus does not spread.

“Therefore, after having considered the material facts in said report and examining the situation in the backdrop of prevailing factors, I, District Magistrate Srinagar, by virtue of powers vested in me u/s 144 Cr CPC hereby order complete restrictions on public movement/curfew in the territorial jurisdiction of District Srinagar,” the order that the DM sent out to read.

Those who are working in healthcare and medical emergencies with valid passes are exempt from this order, the order said.

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