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Curfew in Srinagar, people told to stay home

August 12, 2019

Srinagar is under curfew again, two days after the Centre and the Jammu and Kashmir police claimed that the situation in the union territory is peaceful. Police vehicles were on the streets making announcements on loudspeakers asking people to go back home. Shopkeepers were told to close down their establishments.

The police has tweeted that no violence was reported anywhere in the union territory. This was in response to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's statement that the situation had become worse.

The situation in Jammu and Kashmir is peaceful and no violence has been reported from anywhere in the state. There has been no untoward incident barring minor stone-pelting which was dealt with on the spot and was nipped in the bud. - Jammu & Kashmir Police

The Centre has issued a statement that people should not believe in rumours about alleged incidents of firing in the Kashmir Valley. It said that there was a lot of crowd for shopping on Friday for Eid. Barring some protests in the past few days, involving crowds of not more than 20 people, there has been no serious incidents.:There have been a few stray protests in Srinagar and Baramulla and none of these involved a crowd of more than 20 people", said a spokesperson from the Home Ministry.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who is in Jammu and Kashmir, was seen in a video talking to locals to show things were normal.

Nearly 400 politicians including former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti are under arrest. The BJP-led centre had scrapped the special status accorded to Jammu and Kashmir through a presidential order last week. Abdullah's party National Conference has appealed in the Supreme Court against the government's move to scrap Jammu and Kashmir's special status and divide the state into two union territories.

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