Educational institutions to stay closed, situation peaceful

People walk on their way to Railway Station in the absence of commercial transport due to restrictions imposed in Jammu on Monday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
People walk on their way to Railway Station in the absence of commercial transport due to restrictions imposed in Jammu on Monday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Admn convenes peace meet in Jammu

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 5: Situation all across Jammu region was peaceful today amidst restrictions imposed by the administration while educational institutions in the province will remain closed tomorrow even as authorities convened a meeting with prominent citizens of both communities in Jammu to maintain peace in the City.
Advisors Vijay Kumar, Incharge Home, Farooq Khan and K Skandan, Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mukesh Singh, Divisional Commissioner, Sanjeev Verma and other senior officers of civil and police administration besides representatives of the two communities attended the meeting held at the Police Control Room (PCR) this evening.

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Sources said representative of both the communities assured maintenance of peace and brotherhood in the City. They assured the Advisors and the administration of their full support and cooperation. They said the two communities have always lived with peace in Jammu and will continue to do so.
Meanwhile, even as situation in the entire Jammu region was peaceful, authorities announced that all educational institutions including schools and colleges, both Government and private, will remain closed tomorrow, like today.
The University of Jammu will also remain closed tomorrow. It has postponed all Under Graduate and Post Graduate examinations and admission process scheduled for August 6. New schedule for admissions and fresh dates for holding examinations will be notified later.
District Magistrate Jammu Sushma Chauhan has exempted officials, staff and Assistants of PHE, PDD and PWD within Municipal limits of Jammu from the purview of restrictions imposed under Section 144.Similarly, safai karamcharis of Jammu Municipal Corporation, officials, staff and Assistants of Health and Medical Education, Railway Station, Jammu Airport, Airport Authority of India, , passengers travelling with valid air/rail/bus ticket, newspaper distributors, milk distributors, food supplies and staff of Public and Private sector Oil Companies have also been exempted from the purview of restrictions.
Commercial traffic on national Highways and all other major roads remained suspended while few private vehicles were seen plying on the City and other roads. People walked on the roads to reach Bus Stands, Railway Station, Airport and other destinations as authorities didn’t allow auto rickshaws to move even as there was no curfew in the City and outskirts.
Situation in all other districts of Jammu region was also peaceful with no major report of any untoward incident reported from any part. The Rapid Action Force (RAF), para-military forces and police remained deployed in strength in all 10 districts of Jammu region.
Meanwhile, six columns of the Army were deployed in Jammu city this morning to maintain law and order after the Centre revoked Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
Sources said the Army personnel were deployed in sensitive localities of the city as a precautionary measure.
Six columns of the Army’s Tiger Division have been deployed in Jammu for aid to civil authorities in maintaining law and order, officials said.
The situation across Jammu region is well under control and there was no report of any untoward incident from anywhere, they said.
Police, assisted by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), was deployed across the Jammu region early on Monday and are strictly implementing the prohibitory orders issued by the Deputy Commissioners, who also ordered closure of all educational institutions.
The roads wore a deserted look with shops and business shut as some of the roads were closed with barbed wire.
People with emergencies are being allowed to move after proper checking and frisking. Mobile Internet services were also snapped across Jammu region last night and remained suspended today as well, the officials said.
Authorities had imposed restrictions in entire Jammu region yesterday in anticipation of a big announcement by the Central Government on Jammu and Kashmir, which was made by Home Minister Amit Shah in the Parliament today.