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Jammu & Kashmir News highlights: BJP celebrates first anniversary of revocation of Article 370

Jammu and Kashmir Article 370 News highlights: Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, medical emergencies and movement of staff with valid cards and passes issued by the administration have been exempted from the restrictions.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 6, 2020 6:52:08 am
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Jammu and Kashmir Article 370 highlights: Today marks the completion of one year of the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. Keeping security in mind, the UT administration has imposed curfew across the Kashmir valley, which came into force since Monday late evening.

The BJP’s Kashmir unit on Wednesday celebrated the first anniversary of the revocation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir. BJP leaders and workers unfurled the national flag at the party office and distributed sweets.

A meeting called by former J&K Chief Minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah at his residence on Wednesday could not be held due to strict restrictions put in place by the Union Territory’s administration, his son and former CM Omar Abdullah said on Twitter.

Even as the security has been stepped up, a sarpanch associated with the BJP was critically injured in a militant attack in Kulgam district on Tuesday. Two policemen were injured in a separate attack in Pulwama.

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, medical emergencies and movement of staff with valid cards and passes issued by the administration have been exempted from the restrictions.

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First anniversary of abrogation of Special Status to J&K today: UT administration imposes curfew across the Kashmir valley; security has been stepped up. Follow highlights

19:31 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Militants open fire on security forces in J-K's Shopian

Militants opened fire on a security forces deployment in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir on Wednesday, police said.

Meanwhile, alert troops detected an IED in Kupwara district of the Union territory, they said. "The ultras opened fire on security personnel in the COVID-19 containment deployment at Sangloo bridge in Shopian district this morning," a police official said.

He said there was no report of any damage caused, adding that the militants escaped from the spot.

In another incident, the security forces detected an improvised explosive device (IED) in a tin can at Youniso in Handwara area of Kupwara district. A bomb disposal squad has been rushed to the spot to defuse the explosive, the official added. (PTI)

17:55 (IST)05 Aug 2020
In Pics: Curfew, restrictions mark first anniversary of Article 370 abrogation

Curfew-like restrictions remained enforced across the Kashmir valley on Wednesday as the union territory marks the first anniversary of revocation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir. The curfew came into force on Monday late evening. (Photos by Shuaib Masoodi)

Barricades have been set up at hundreds of places in the valley including Srinagar city to regulate movement of essential services and emergencies, while concertina wires have been laid to block some parts of the roads.

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17:13 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Despite restrcitions, PDP leaders hold protest in Srinagar

Some PDP leaders hold protest in Srinagar on the first anniversary of the revocation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir, Iltija Mufti, daughter of PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, tweeted.

15:18 (IST)05 Aug 2020
BJP can gather and celebrate, we can’t even meet in my father’s lawn: Omar Abdullah
Former J&K Chief Minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah and his son Omar Abdullah. (File)

A meeting called by former J&K Chief Minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah at his residence on Wednesday could not be held due to strict restrictions put in place by the Union Territory’s administration, his son and former CM Omar Abdulla said on Twitter.

The meeting of mainstream political leaders was planned to discuss the situation arising out of the abrogation of Article 370 provisions in 2019 and to chalk out a joint political strategy for the restoration of the special status through democratic means.

Omar Abdullah, who is the vice president of the NC, questioned how the BJP gets to celebrate the first anniversary of the abrogation while Kashmir leaders can’t meet in his father’s lawn.

15:16 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Iltija Mufti: 'Prolonged enforced silence' won't 'suppress' emotions of Kashmiris forever

Meanwhile, PDP president Mehbooba Mufti’s daughter Iltija Mufti said that “prolonged enforced silence” would not “suppress” the emotions of the people of Kashmir forever. “A year ago we witnessed how a majoritarian govt mutilated & robbed J&K in broad daylight.Seasons may have changed but the betrayal will never be forgiven or forgotten. Prolonged enforced silence won't suppress emotions forever,” Iltija posted on her mother’s Twitter handle which she has been using since Mehbooba was taken into custody in August last year.

15:13 (IST)05 Aug 2020
BJP can gather and celebrate, we can’t even meet to discuss what’s happening in J&K: Omar Abdullah
15:12 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Authorities in Kashmir did not allow the meeting to take place: Omar Abdullah

Former chief minister and Abdullah's son Omar Abdullah took to Twitter to say that the authorities in Kashmir did not allow the meeting to take place. Omar Abdullah, who is the vice president of the NC, said the Gupkar Road -- leading to his residence and that of his father -- was sealed by the authorities.

"One year on, this is Gupkar road today - police vehicles opposite our gates, concertina wire strung across the road at regular intervals and no vehicles allowed. My father had called a meeting of leaders of MAINSTREAM parties to deliberate on the current situation," Omar Abdullah said on Twitter, along with two pictures of the deserted road.

15:09 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Srinagar's Lal chowk during the shutdown in Srinagar

Srinagar's Lal chowk during the shutdown in Srinagar on the first anniversary of the abrogation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.

15:01 (IST)05 Aug 2020
BJP celebrates one year of abrogation of Article 370 in Srinagar

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders in Srinagar celebrate the abrogation of Article 370 and the division of Jammu and Kashmir into union territories on the first anniversary of August 5, 2019 decision last year.

14:02 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Meeting called by Farooq Abdullah cancelled due to strict restrictions

Meeting of some parties called by Jammu and Kashmir's veteran leader Farooq Abdullah to discuss the situation arising out of abrogation of Article 370 provisions a year ago not held due to strict restrictions imposed by authorities, says National Conference.

14:01 (IST)05 Aug 2020
BJP's Kashmir unit celebrates first anniversary of revocation of special status to J&K

BJP's Kashmir unit celebrates first anniversary of revocation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir, accuses those protesting constitutional changes of being "sympathisers of ISIS"

14:00 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Transformation underway in J&K: S Jaishankar

Transformation underway in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, says External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on first anniversary of Centre's decision to revoke special status of the region.

13:08 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Empowering panchayati raj institutions our biggest dream: J-K Lieutenant Governor

The Jammu and Kashmir administration will focus on strengthening and empowering panchayati raj institutions in the coming days to address issues of misgovernance and corruption, Lieutenant Governor Girish Chander Murmu has said. Effective implementation of the three-tier panchayati raj system will help "mainstreaming of the public participation" in the decision-making process and development of the Union Territory, he said.

"The implementation of panchayati raj system is our biggest target now. We are going to do it. It is our mission. Empowering this setup is our biggest dream. We will ensure its implementation," Murmu told PTI. He said three-tier panchayati raj institutions -- district chairpersons, block chairpersons and village-level panch and sarpanch -- have the potential to create a "new political power-cum-governance structure".

12:09 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Curbs remain in place in Kashmir valley

Curfew-like restrictions, mainly to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, remained enforced in Kashmir on Wednesday as the union territory marks the first anniversary of revocation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Police and CRPF personnel were deployed in strength across the valley, especially Srinagar city, to ensure that the plans of separatists to disturb peace do not succeed, officials said.

11:34 (IST)05 Aug 2020
On August 4 last year, mainstream leaders had assembled at Abdullah’s residence

The proposed meeting would have been the first assembly of mainstream political leaders since August 5 last year, when the central government abrogated J&K’s special status and split the state into two Union territories.

On August 4 last year, the mainstream leaders had assembled at Abdullah’s residence and vowed to “stand united in their struggle for safeguarding identity, autonomy and special status of the state”.

But some political leaders questioned the timing of the meeting. “Farooq sahib knows that the government would not allow this meeting on August 5. I fail to understand why he chose this date for the meeting,” said a senior mainstream leader said. “He should have called the meeting after a few days so that the leaders could have attended without any issue”.

10:36 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Abdullah has called senior leaders from PDP, Peoples Conference, Congress

Sources said Abdullah has called senior leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peoples Conference, Congress and some smaller parties.

“Yes, we have received an invite from Farooq sahib,” said PDP leader Waheed Parra. “Since Mehboobaji is under detention, we have asked Fayaz (Ahmad Mir) Sahib (Rajya Sabha member) to attend the meeting, but we are not sure if the meeting will be allowed by the government.”

The Peoples Conference spokesperson, Adnan Ashraf, also confirmed that party chief Sajad Lone had received an invite. “Sajad sahib has already been told by the government that he can’t move out of his house till August 6,” Ashraf said. “If allowed, he would definitely attend the meeting.”

10:26 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Farooq calls parties for a meeting today
National Conference president Farooq Abdullah

Former J&K Chief Minister and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah has called a meeting of mainstream political leaders at his residence on Wednesday. The meeting, however, is unlikely to happen as most of the political leaders are still under house detention.

Moreover, while the administration has lifted the curfew that was imposed on Monday, restrictions on “movement of more than three persons” remain in place. Additionally, there is “complete lockdown” in containment zones.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Abdullah confirmed that he had “planned a meeting tomorrow”. “But you see, they have already stationed (security) vehicles outside our houses, they have closed it (entry). Is this the government,” he said.

10:03 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Two policemen injured in a separate attack in Pulwama

In a separate attack, militants lobbed a grenade on Special Operations Group (SOG) personnel in Wanpora village of Pulwama district. Police sources said two policemen were injured in the attack.

“Both the policemen received splinter injuries. They were immediately evacuated and are stable,” said a police officer. The injured policemen have been identified as Head Constable Khurshid Ahmad and Special Police Officer (SPO) Ishfaq Ahmad.

 
09:13 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Before anniversary of split, J&K sarpanch shot at

EVEN AS security has been stepped up on the eve of the first anniversary of the abrogation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370, a sarpanch was critically injured in a militant attack in Kulgam district on Tuesday. Two policemen were injured in a separate attack in Pulwama. According to police, militants barged into the house of sarpanch Arif Ahmad, in Akhran village of Kulgam district, on Tuesday evening and opened fire from close range. “He has a bullet in the chest… His condition remains critical,” said Dr Mohammad Iqbal, Medical Superintendent of the Government Medical College in Anantnag where Ahmad has been admitted.

BJP spokesperson Altaf Thakur confirmed to The Indian Express that Ahmad was associated with his party and condemned the “barbaric attack”. Since the panchayat elections in December 2018, two sarpanchs have been killed in militant attacks in South Kashmir.

01:30 (IST)05 Aug 2020
Parties in Jammu & Kashmir term Aug 5 ‘darkest patch in history’

On the eve of the first anniversary of the revocation of special status to Jammu and Kashmir, political parties in the Union territory said they would fight the changes made to the erstwhile state on August 5 last year.

The National Conference said that August 5 “is the darkest patch in the history of J&K marking the forcible, illegal and unconstitutional infringement of the rights of its people saying the party will fight the battle for the restoration of people’s rights peacefully and legally”. PDP’s Suhail Bukhari said that August 5 is a reminder of “a constitutional fraud” perpetrated on the people of J&K. Read more

Barricades have been set up at hundreds of places in Kashmir, including Srinagar city, to regulate movement of essential services and emergencies while concertina wires have been also been laid. (File)

Jammu and Kashmir Article 370 News: Police and CRPF personnel were deployed in strength across the valley to ensure that the plans of the separatists to disturb peace did not succeed, officials said. They said police vehicles, fitted with public address systems, went around localities announcing imposition of strict curfew for two days.

Barricades have been set up at hundreds of places in Kashmir, including Srinagar city, to regulate movement of essential services and emergencies while concertina wires have been also been laid, the officials said.

Meanwhile, the Left parties have demanded the release of all those detained since August 2019, the restoration of full communications to the region and the lifting of curbs to allow free movement of people.

The leaders of the CPI(M), CPI, RSP, Forward Bloc and CPI(ML)-Liberation said this is “essential for both combating the pandemic effectively and upholding Constitutional guarantees on democratic rights and civil liberties while providing relief to the beleaguered people”. They said August 5 marks one year of the abrogation of Article 370, the dissolving of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, and the “caging of the people of J&K”.

Months after coming to power for a second term, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government had passed the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019, in Parliament, thus striking down Article 370 and Article 35A, which gave the erstwhile state of J&K autonomy. Following this, mobile phone networks, landlines, and internet access were cut-off across the state and political leaders, including former chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti, Omar Abdullah, Farooq Abdullah, and Sajad Lone, were kept under house arrest. So far, only Omar and Lone have been released from detention.

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