The move comes within days of the Parliament approving a resolution abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution, and a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised IITs and IIMs for the region in his address to the nation.
The Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital, usually packed with patients and attendants every night, now receives a trickle. Its corridors and wards are more or less empty and ambulances are stationed outside, in a row.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah diluted the special status to Jammu and Kashmir guaranteed under Article 370 of the Constitution without scrapping the provision. The BJP workers celebrated the development across the country by distributing sweets and bursting crackers.