Restrictions back in Valley after violent protests; fraction of schools reopen in Srinagar
Srinagar | Jagran News Desk: Restrictions on movement and internet connectivity were reimposed in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday after instances of violent protests and spread of fake news ahead of the reopening of schools and government offices on Monday.
Two senior government officials told Reuters that at least two dozen people were admitted to hospitals with pellet injuries after violent clashes broke out in the old city on Saturday night.
On Sunday, Jammu and Kashmir authorities made 10 more telephone exchanges opeational in the Kashmir Valley, but again snapped services of one of the 17 centres restored on Saturday.
The centre was closed after reports that landlines phones were being used for spreading misinformation.
Around 200 schools in various zones of Srinagar will be resuming classwork on Monday. However, officials believe that there won't be much attendance because of the restrictions.
According to an India Today report, only 95 of 190 schools opened in Srinagar on Monday. The schools wore a deserted look as children didn't turn up.
The return of uncertainty came within 24 hours after 2G mobile internet services were restored in five districts of Jammu region and restrictions relaxed in 35 police stations in the Kashmir Valley.
Shops and business establishments in Srinagar remained shut throughout Sunday, reflecting the apprehension among people in the Valley. Public transport was also off the road amid reports about stone-pelting by protesters during clashes with security forces in several parts of Srinagar.
Kashmir was placed under a total clampdown on August 5, hours before the Centre's move to abrogate provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Telephone line services, including mobile phones and landlines, were also suspended.
Posted By: Abhinav Gupta