Security measures beef up in valley, P Chidambaram calls Governors’s invite a propaganda

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In the preparation of upcoming Independence Day, the former state of Jammu and Kashmir has been put on high alert. Security measures have been further tightened up, restricting the movement more.

The situation in the valley has been escalated politically owing to the decision of government’s decision to scrap Article 370 and bifurcate Jammu and Kashmir into 2 Union territories.

Speaking on the Kashmir situation, P Chidambaram also expressed discontent over the Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik’s remarks for inviting Rahul Gandhi for reviewing the security in the region. He said that the Governor’s invitation to Rahul Gandhi was never a sincere invitation. It was a tool of propaganda.

Earlier on Tuesday, Ministry of Home Affairs stated that restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir will be lifted only after the local administration says yes. The ministry said that the administration is focused on ensuring the safety of citizens in Kashmir.

Surprisingly, on Tuesday, the government responded in Supreme court that it is taking the gradual steps to ease out the restrictions. The apex court was hearing the plea filed by Tehseen Poonawala.

Attorney-general K. K. Venugopal representing the government said that it is reviewing the situation in the valley every day and taking gradual steps to ensure peace in the region. He told the court that the matter is sensitive and one cannot expect for an overnight change. He also told the court that there has been no blood-shedding in the region.

The court then refused to pass immediate orders on a plea that sought for lifting restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir and said that it will review the situation after 2 weeks, till then it will wait for the normalcy to return.

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