J&K Governor defends communication blackout, says no killing in last 10 days

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J&K Governor defends communication blackout, says no killing in last 10 days

Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday defended the ongoing communication blackout in the Valley, saying, "There has not been a single case of killing in J&K in the last 10 days. If communication blackout helps in order to save a human life, what is the harm."

The governor also said, "There is no shortage of essential commodities and medicines in Kashmir, in fact, we delivered meat, vegetables, and eggs to people's houses on Eid."

However, there were media reports which said that the residents of the Valley struggled to access food and medicines due to heavy lockdown.

Satya Pal Malik's comment came a day after Opposition leaders, led by former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi were denied entry in Srinagar.

On Saturday, the Opposition landed at Srinagar airport in order to stock the situation in the Kashmir Valley following the abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution.

Article 370, that granted special status to J&K, was revoked by the Centre on August 5 and split it into two Union Territories--Kashmir and Jammu, Ladakh.

Meanwhile, on Saturday, in order to avoid any form of violence, restrictions were reimposed in the Valley soon after Friday prayers, said J&K administration.

The Valley remains under heavy lockdown, barring restoration of a few telephone lines.

Several leaders of the mainstream parties in J&K-including Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chief Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference president Farooq Abdullah--have been under preventive custody following the scrapping of Article 370.

Restrictions were imposed in Jammu and Kashmir soon after the Narendra Modi-led government scrapped Article 370 of the Constitution, under which J&K has its own flag, laws and rights.