Restrictions imposed in Kashmir Valley ahead of Friday prayers

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SRINAGAR: Restrictions were imposed on Friday in several parts of Kashmir as a precautionary measure.


“Restrictions have been imposed in some parts of Kashmir, including the city, as a precautionary measure ahead of the Friday prayers”, the officials said.

The authorities have been imposing restrictions in vulnerable areas of the Valley every Friday, apprehending that vested interests might exploit the large gatherings at big mosques and shrines to fuel protests.

Curbs were first imposed across Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 when the Centre announced its decision to revoke the state's special status under Article 370 and bifurcate it into two Union territories.

Friday prayers have not been allowed at any of the major mosques in Kashmir for the past one month now.

Normal life remained severely affected in the Valley due to a shutdown which entered the 33rd day on Friday.

On August 5, the government had revoked some provisions of Article 370 to take away Jammu and Kashmir's special status and brought in a bill for splitting the state into two Union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah later withdrew the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (2nd Amendment) Bill, 2019, in Lok Sabha, saying that the clauses incorporated in the legislation will automatically come into effect in the two new Union Territories.

On August 6, the Parliament had approved a resolution abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and a bill for splitting the state into two Union Territories.

 

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