Situation peaceful; schools, colleges to remain closed

Deserted roads in Jammu city on Tuesday. -Excelsior/Rakesh
Deserted roads in Jammu city on Tuesday. -Excelsior/Rakesh

Restrictions eased for BSNL, J&K Bank, Govt staff

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, Aug 6: Situation across Jammu region remained peaceful for second consecutive day today amidst restrictions imposed in all 10 districts in anticipation of trouble following abrogation of Articles 370 and 35-A while authorities tonight decided that all educational institutions across the province will remain closed tomorrow for third day. Night deployment has been intensified in Kishtwar and Rajouri districts.
Officials told the Excelsior that situation across Jammu province remained normal during the day with no untoward incident reported from any part of the region amidst deployment of large number of para-military troops and the Rapid Action Force (RAF) in sensitive areas.
However, authorities have decided to go ahead with restrictions for few more days before lifting them as they want to be sure that normal conditions prevail especially in five sensitive districts of Kishtwar, Doda, Ramban, Rajouri and Poonch. Restrictions were more stringent during night in Kishtwar and Rajouri districts, they said.

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Divisional Commissioner Jammu, Sanjeev Verma and Inspector General of Police Jammu, Mukesh Singh were monitoring the situation in the region.
“All educational institutions including schools and colleges, both Government and private, will remain closed tomorrow in the entire region as a precautionary measures,” official said. Educational institutions were closed since Monday in the entire region.
Jammu University has also announced postponement of M Phil/PhD entrance examinations and all UG/PG exams scheduled to be held on August 7. Fresh dates will be notified shortly, a University spokesman said. The JU will also remain closed tomorrow.
Deputy Commissioner Jammu, Sushma Chauhan further relaxed the restrictions for officials, staff and Assistants of BSNL, J&K Bank and their ATM Vans and all Government employees posted within the Jammu district.
Commercial traffic on National Highways and all other major roads remained suspended while private vehicles were seen plying on the City and other roads. People had to walk to reach Bus Stands, Railway Station, Airports 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.
Sources said the Army personnel have also been deployed in sensitive localities of the city as a precautionary measure.
Six columns of the Army’s Tiger Division were 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, the officer said, adding para-military forces and police, however, remained on high alert.
Police, assisted by the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), were 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, adding that in some of the districts mobile calling services have also been affected.
Authorities had imposed restrictions in entire Jammu region on Sunday night in anticipation of a big announcement by the Central Government in Jammu and Kashmir, which was made by Home Minister Amit Shah in the Parliament yesterday.