Prohibitory orders lifted; educational institutions re-open in Jammu today

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 8/10/2019 11:26:14 AM

# Situation normal in Kathua, Samba, Reasi, Udhampur # Restrictions on in Chenab Valley, Rajouri-Poonch

JAMMU, Aug 9: With no major incident of violence or untoward incident in past five days, Jammu district administration Friday announced to withdraw prohibitory orders under CrPC Section 144 imposed here on August 5 in view of the Centre abrogating constitutional provisions that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
This also paved way for reopening of schools and colleges in the district from tomorrow. According to the order issued by Jammu District Magistrate Sushma Chauhan, all schools, colleges and academic institutions will resume their functioning normally from August 10. Additional deployment however, remained in place.
Restrictions were already eased in Kathua, Samba and Reasi districts. Udhampur district too was fast limping back to normalcy. However, three districts under Chenab Valley viz., Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban and twin border districts Rajouri and Poonch continued to be on edge though Friday prayers passed off peacefully across the region with minor incidents of stone-pelting and anti-national slogans at some places. Restrictions were eased all across the region for Friday prayers.
In Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district, after Friday prayers few miscreants pelted stones which hit an ambulance. A couple of youth threw bottles targetting closed shops in the market however no damage was reported. Similarly near Hanuman temple in Mendhar town, an army vehicle was hit by a stone by some miscreants following which army staged a flag march. “These were stray incidents of minor nature and the situation was completely peaceful,” officials said.
DC Poonch Rahul Yadav, while responding to complaints of exorbitant prices, stated that the district administration was taking note of each and every complaint in this regard and redressing the grievances of citizens.
In Kishtwar, a senior police officer of DySP rank was reportedly beaten up by the people after Friday prayers. The incident occurred when the police officer was allegedly trying to dictate something to the Maulavi during prayers.
In the meanwhile, Jammu Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Verma, while addressing media, said that normalcy was returning to the region and that the authorities were doing everything in their power to facilitate people. “We are facilitating the people, making arrangements for their travel and regulating the situation. Normalcy is returning to the Jammu province. Phone services have been restored, if normalcy continues, internet services will also be restored soon,” Verma said.
“We are regulating the situation to control it from spiralling out of control," he said. The Divisional Commissioner also gave an assurance that the authorities were making sure the people did not face any problem in celebrations of Eid al-Adha, Independence Day and Raksha Bandhan.
“Authorities are doing everything in their power to facilitate the people. Many schools have been opened, others will also start soon. Mosques are open. People are offering their prayers daily. Shops in markets are also opening,” Verma said. “So far, people have been cooperating with the administration. Law and order situation is totally peaceful and local authorities are in constant touch with each other and with the people,” he added. Verma also appealed that the people to approach concerned authorities ‘if they face any problems’ and avoid rumours. “We have also supplied basic necessities to the people. Electricity and water supply are also normal and hospitals are working as usual. Assessment of the situation is conducted regularly,” he said. Verma however expressed anguish over spread of fake news in some newspapers over presumed reorganization of various districts of state, aimed at disrupting peace and harmony in Jammu and Kashmir.
Earlier Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, Muneer Khan, while talking to reporters in Kathua, described the situation in Kashmir to be “under control.” “In Jammu, situation is normal. In Kashmir, situation is under control. All steps necessary to maintain law and order will be taken,” Khan said.
On the other hand, several opposition leaders continued to be under house arrest as precautionary measure and they included National Conference leader and former MLA Devender Singh Rana, Javed Rana, former MLA Mendhar, Surjit Singh Slathia, National Panthers Party leader and former Minister Harshdev Singh, Raman Bhalla, Tara Chand besides others.
Meanwhile, life remained normal in most parts of Jammu today. Shops and business establishments remained opened in Jammu district and private traffic plied normally, commercial traffic too was visible on the roads during the day.
Reasi Deputy Commissioner Indu Kanwal Chib convened a meeting with the district officers, members of Reasi Municipality, businessmen and political leaders besides eminent citizens to take stock of prevailing scenario in the district. DC appealed people of the district not to pay heed to any rumour rather seek clarification from the district headquarters regarding any query in this regard.
Later, DC visited Katra town and interacted with the tourists and locals and took stock of the prevailing situation there.



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