Curfew in Kashmir ahead of August 5 anniversary

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A two-day curfew has been imposed in the Kashmir Valley ahead of the first anniversary of the revocation of Article 370, which granted special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

The Srinagar district magistrate in an order said they have got information that Pakistan sponsored groups are planning to observe August 5 as Black Day.

“There are specific inputs about violent protests endangering public life and property,” the order said.

The curfew will come into force with immediate effect and shall remain in effect on August 4 and August 5, it said.

The order further said that people will, however, be allowed to travel for medical emergencies. Medical staff working in facilities to fight COVID-19 will be exempted from these restrictions imposed under section 144 CrPC, provided they have a valid pass.

Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in a tweet said, “The preparations start a full 24 hours earlier this year compared to 2019 with Srinagar, and I presume the same is being done across the valley, being placed under strict curfew from tonight for the next two days.”