Restrictions further eased in 5 districts of Jammu region

A woman selects ‘Rakhis’ as markets re-open in Bhaderwah on Sunday. —Excelsior/Tilak Raj
A woman selects ‘Rakhis’ as markets re-open in Bhaderwah on Sunday. —Excelsior/Tilak Raj

Internet remains shut for 7th day

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 11: Restrictions in five sensitive districts of Jammu region were further eased today ahead of Eid festival, during which situation remained peaceful even though mobile internet services in entire region remained snapped for seventh consecutive day today while telephone calling facilities were still affected in some of the districts.
Day restrictions were lifted in Kishtwar district from 8 am today but they will continue during the night as a precautionary measure. Shops and business establishments opened in Kishtwar district and people in large numbers thronged to the markets to purchase essential commodities besides the goods for Eid festival tomorrow and Raksha Bandhan falling on August 15.

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The relaxation period passed off peacefully, official reports said.
Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh also visited Kishtwar and reviewed prevailing situation there with top officials of police and civil administration.
Dilbag held a security review meeting with officers of Army, police, CRPF and civil administration and instructed the security personnel to deal strictly with malicious elements and maintain law and order in the district.

DGP Dilbag Singh inter-acts with people in Kishtwar on Sunday.
DGP Dilbag Singh inter-acts with people in Kishtwar on Sunday.

Reports said authorities rela-xed restrictions in Doda, Ramban, Kishtwar, Rajouri and Poonch districts during the day in phased manner to facilitate people buy essential commodities and shopping for Eid festival tomorrow. Relaxations were peaceful at all the places.
Sources said authorities could relax restrictions during the day tomorrow to facilitate Eid celebrations and Friday prayers. However, security personnel will remain deployed in strength to ensure peace during the relaxation period.
Meanwhile, a bus and two cars were burnt in a mysterious fire at village Ari in Mendhar tehsil of Poonch district last night.
Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma told the Excelsior that it was a case of “accidental fire” and that victims were being compensated by the administration.
Local people of Ari, Mendhar, however, expressed their strong resentment over the incident and called for stern action against the culprits.
Situation in five districts including Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi remained completely peaceful. Restrictions have been lifted in these districts.
Authorities have made all arrangements for peaceful celebrations of Eid festival tomorrow at all the places.
Meanwhile, mobile internet services remained shut in entire Jammu region for seventh consecutive day today. In five sensitive districts of the region including Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Rajouri and Poonch, telephone calling services have also been affected.