Jammu and Kashmir Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal on Monday dismissed reports that people were killed in the firing of security forces.
Kansal said that I reject all such reports. Security forces did not fire a single bullet, and they killed no one. He said that we took all necessary steps to keep the atmosphere peaceful in the state. As a result, they celebrated Eid in a peaceful manner.
Earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs said that in all major mosques in Srinagar and Shopian, people came out of their homes in large numbers.
Around 4500 people gathered at Idgah in Jammu. There was no untoward incident in Anantnag, Baramulla, Budgam, Bandipora. About 10 thousand people came to the Jama Masjid of Baramulla to offer prayers.
No major incident happened in last one week
On August 7, the Central Government abolished the Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. A day earlier, the Ministry of Home Affairs had said that there were some minor protests in Srinagar and Baramulla, but they involved only 20 people in any of the demonstrations. The Jammu and Kashmir police had also tweeted that the state claimed to be peaceful.
Internet-phone off, 300 booths built
Mobile phones, landlines, and the internet are completely closed. So the administration has set up 300 telephone booths in the valley. On Sunday, these booths had long lines. Some banks were kept open on Sunday, to avoid any problem in bringing Bakrid.
ARTICLE 370 IN JAMMU AND KASHMIR
Significantly, on August 5th, the central government weakened Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir and make it a Union Territory. Since then Section 144 applies in the entire valley and they banned many people from going out together. For a long time, the markets of the valley were closed, mobile phones, internet, TV-cable facilities were also not available.
However, in view of Eid, section 144 was relaxed, they opened markets and the banks. For the last two days, there was a stir on the hilltop. Brightness was seen in the market too. Still, they have given no exemption in the valley nor they have started phone service. On the day of Eid, many pictures from the valley also appeared where security forces fed sweets to people in mosques.