Few stray protests in Srinagar, Baramulla: MHA

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 8/11/2019 1:37:35 AM

NEW DELHI, Aug 10: The Union Home Ministry said on Saturday that there had been a few stray protests in Kashmir Valley in the past few days against the scrapping of special status of Jammu and Kashmir, and none of these involved a crowd of more than 20 people.
“There have been a few stray protests in Srinagar/Baramulla and none of these involved a crowd of more than 20 people,” a ministry spokesperson said.
The spokesperson also dismissed a media report about a protest by about 10,000 people in Kashmir as “fabricated and incorrect.”
The government abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution that accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir and divided the state into two Union Territories—Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
President Ram Nath Kovind had on Saturday given assent to the legislation on Jammu and Kashmir’s bifurcation and the new Union Territories will come into existence on October 31.
“There are media reports claiming there was a protest involving 10,000 people in Srinagar. This is completely fabricated and incorrect. There have been a few stray protests in Srinagar/Baramulla and none involved a crowd of more than 20 people,” read the statement released by the MHA.
Governor Satya Pal Malik later stated that the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was peaceful and gradually coming back to normalcy.
Malik also lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his address to the nation after Article 370 was scrapped, saying, “Prime Minister Modi's speech has had a calming effect. The situation is peaceful.”
The Governor also assured that relaxations would be given before and on Eid, adding that the festival would be celebrated in a proper manner. He took note of various animal mandis allowed at different places by the administration for buying and selling of animals on the occasion of Eid.
A total of 1,600 employees are on duty to ensure essential services like power supply, water and sanitation. Another 10,000 people in Kashmir are reporting for their duties. According to Malik, ATMs of most of the banks are operational. An advance salary for August of daily wage workers has also been released.

 

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