The Hush Post| 12: 50 am |two-minute-read|
Three prominent leaders from Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti and Sajjad Lone are under house arrest. The move comes after a government advisory asked pilgrims and tourists to exit the valley immediately along with a massive security build-up.
Mobile internet services have been suspended across the Valley as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order, according to police. Schools and colleges have also been shut down. Various educational institutions have directed students to vacate hostels.
Sources in the Home Ministry say preparations to put Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) leader Mehbooba Mufti and People’s Conference leader Sajjad Lone are being taken as well. Congress leader Usman Majid and Left’s MY Tarigami said they have also been arrested.
“I’m especially concerned about the people living in the Pir Panchal & Chenab Valley regions. These areas have been very susceptible to attempts at communal violence. I hope the Govt has taken adequate precautions to ensure no communal trouble breaks out,” tweeted Omar Abdullah.oard while we act against terrorists & separatists? If we alienate them, who’s left,” tweeted Shashi Tharoor.
Officials said former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti would not be allowed to move out of their respective house in view of the restrictions, while Congress leader Usman Majid and CPI(M) MLA MY Tarigami claimed to have been arrested around midnight, reported news agency PTI.
The government on Monday imposed restrictions under section 144 Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in Srinagar district with effect from midnight, which shall remain in force till further orders, reported news agency ANI.
As per the order, there shall be no movement of public and all educational institutions shall also remain closed.
“As per the order, there shall be no movement of public and all educational institutions shall also remain closed. There will be a complete bar on holding any kind of public meetings or rallies during the period of operation of this order. Identity cards of essential services officials will be treated as movement passes wherever required. However, there is no curfew in place as reported in a section of media,” an official statement said, according to news agency IANS.