Describing the revocation of special status as the “removal of the soul from the body”, Shah said, “We are at least within our homes, look at how they are preparing the MLA hostel for moving those held at SKICC. The windows are being blocked with plyboard sheets. Is this how you keep human beings?”
While a truck driver from Rajasthan was killed in the Valley on Monday, a migrant labourer from Chhattisgarh was gunned down in Pulwama and a fruit loader from Punjab was shot in Shopian in multiple militant attacks on Wednesday.
Since September 23, when the apple season started in Shopian, approximately 4,200 trucks have carried approximately 1,83,000 kgs of apples out of the district, including those procured by National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India (NAFED).
Shopian deputy commission Yasin Choudhary told The Indian Express that the militants fired shots in the air to disperse locals and labourers loading the truck and took the vehicle a short distance away before killing the driver and setting the truck on fire.
Three days before the Centre moved to scrap Article 370 and bifurcate J&K into two Union Territories on August 5, Malik’s administration had cut short the Amarnath Yatra and asked tourists to leave, citing intelligence inputs on terror threats.
Abdullah, also a three-term Chief Minister of J&K, was already under detention at his Gupkar Road residence when the PSA order was issued against him by the Srinagar District Magistrate on September 14. His home was declared a subsidiary jail.
Earlier this week, officers from the IAS, IPS and the IFS met Chief Secretary B V R Subrahmanyam at his residence to apprise him of their concerns with regard to “a possible merger of the cadre with the AGMUT cadre or postings to ‘any’ third cadre”.
The state’s administration has constituted three committees to chart the necessary administrative steps and legal formalities in the run-up to October 31, when the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act comes into effect.