Days after the abrogation of Article 370 and subsequent lockdown by the government citing preventive measures, the centre has uplifted Section 144 from the Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. The notice undersigned by District Magistrate of Rajouri said that the 'normalcy in law and order' has prompted the government to take the decision.
"Keeping in view the normalcy in law and order situation, opening of markets and functioning of eductaional institutions, the prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC are hereby removed with immediate effect," the notice stated.
As stated earlier, the notice also said that reasonable restrictions were at the place as a precautionary measure to prevent the breach of peace and maintain tranquility. Here is the notice:
Additionally, the following decisions have been taken:
Earlier in the day speaking exclusively to Republic TV, J&K Governor's Advisor K Vijay Kumar said: "The overall interest is only one - the ensure the peace and tranquillity in the valley and ensure the security of common man. We sometimes take action that is inevitable. You are well aware of what has happened in the past, during Burhan Wani's time, so keeping in mind the situation, actions were taken. Every day we are reviewing the situation. We do not take every region equally, it is a customise and localize kind of efforts."
On steps taken by the government to stop the Stone pelting incidents, he said: "Since the governor's regime, we have divided into category A,B, C - A is people who are not mending ways after one-two arrests. B and C are people who are there or did it for the first time. For them, we have a special way - a community group. We give a bond - that we will resort to it again. it is not more a legal binding but more a moral binding. And it has an effect on the ground. This message is going on every district especially - Shopian, Srinagar, Pulwama etc. We have made the UAPA law stringent. "
He also sent a message to Kashmiris, saying: "I can assure that there is tremendous goodwill to do in the shortest possible time. PM has given a grant for sports to develop it. Once these things will reach to the people this will bring change. I am confident about that."