Curfew is reported to have been reimposed in Srinagar on Sunday, on the eve of the Muslim festival of Eid. Residents, according to NDTV news channel, has been asked to return to their homes.
The latest decision to reimpose curfew in Srinagar on the eve of Eid comes after the government and local police claimed that the situation in the valley was peaceful. A tweet by Kashmir zone police had read on Friday, “Situation in Valley has remained normal today. No untoward incident has been reported. At selective locations restriction was lifted temporarily.”
— Kashmir Zone Police (@KashmirPolice) August 10, 2019
Director-General of Police Dilbagh Singh too had said that there were no major incidents of violence in the state barring a few incidents of stone-pelting. Pro-government media channels had reported a new video of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval in conversation with local shepherds. This was widely being projected as a sign of life returning to normalcy in the valley even after the abrogation of Article 370 in the state, now converted into Union Territory.
Home Minister Amit, according to news agency ANI, told an audience in Chennai that he firmly believed that Art370 should’ve been removed long ago. “As a Home Minister,there was no confusion in my mind about the consequences of removing Art370. I’m confident terrorism in Kashmir will finish and it’ll move ahead on the path of development now,” Shah was quoted as saying.
The government had lifted the restrictions for Friday prayers and Eid, scheduled to be celebrated this Monday.
Quoting local sources, NDTV reported that police vehicles were seen making announcements on loudspeakers asking people to return to their homes, and shopkeepers were told to pull down their shutters.
On Saturday, BBC News had broadcast videos of widespread protests and police firing tear gas to control the angry crowd. The local police had termed the claims made by the BBC as wrong while asking the foreign media agencies to act responsibly.