Srinagar, August 4: The Jammu & Kashmir administration on Tuesday rescinded the order to impose curfew in Srinagar on August 4-5. The withdrawal comes amid widespread criticism, with Opposition parties and activists questioning the government over the need to clampdown on civil liberties on the occasion marking first anniversary of Article 370 repeal.
While the order to impose curfew under Section 144 of CrPc - which bars assembly of four or more persons in public - other curbs aimed at containing COVID-19 spread would remain in effect in Srinagar and other parts of Jammu & Kashmir.
"Restrictions - including curfew - imposed in Srinagar district for 4th and 5th August, lifted with immediate effect. COVID-19 precautionary orders/measures in place," said the statement issued by the District Magistrate Office, Srinagar.
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Restrictions - including curfew - imposed in Srinagar district for 4th and 5th August, lifted with immediate effect. #COVID19 precautionary orders/measures in place: District Magistrate Office, Srinagar. #JammuAndKashmir pic.twitter.com/fXICPIWRcG
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The order to impose curfew was issued on Monday, after the Intelligence received inputs of massive protests by "Pakistan-sponsored" separatist elements who want to observe a "black day" on August 5.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is planning the "Ek Bharat, EK Atma Bharat campaign in J&K to mark the first anniversary of Article 370 repeal. The party would organise national anthem singing events and flag hoisting ceremonies at the panchayat level.