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Restrictions lifted in Jammu, on in some parts of Kashmir, say officials

Police mention pellet injuries, say the injured have been treated

By PTI in Srinagar

  • Published 14.08.19, 1:38 PM
  • Updated 14.08.19, 1:38 PM
A flock of sheep along a road on the outskirts of Jammu on August 14.
A flock of sheep along a road on the outskirts of Jammu on August 14. PTI

Restrictions imposed in Jammu have been completely lifted but curbs will continue in some places in Kashmir for a while longer, a senior Jammu and Kashmir police officer said on Wednesday.

There have been no major injuries to anyone, additional director-general Munir Khan said.

He added that there were a few pellet injuries in the Valley but those have been treated.

"Restrictions imposed in Jammu have been completely removed. They will continue in some places of Kashmir for some time," he said.

According to Khan, there were incidents in various parts of Srinagar and other districts in the Valley. But these were contained and dealt with locally. "Our biggest endeavour is to ensure there is no civilian casualty," he said.

Asked about the number of people detained, Khan said he would not talk about individuals.

"In a law and order situation like this, there are different kinds of detentions... preventive detention to ensure the established miscreants do not vitiate the peaceful atmosphere... so you have to take preventive steps," he said.

Jammu and Kashmir principal secretary Rohit Kansal, who also addressed the media, said the overall situation remained calm. He said that of the places where relaxation of prohibitory orders were allowed, some are in Srinagar "and these relaxations will continue to be given till this afternoon," he said.

On all other fronts -- civil supplies, national highways, airport, medical facilities -- the situation was normal, Kansal said.

"Local authorities, as before, are keeping a close watch on the situation and offering relaxations wherever the situation warrants it," he said.

The clampdown came into force on August 5 when the Centre stripped Jammu and Kashmir of its special status and bifurcated it into the Union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.