Amid the confusion and heightened security across Jammu and Kashmir, Bollywood actor Anupam Kher on Monday tweeted, saying ‘Kashmir Solution has begun.’ The actor, a Kashmiri Pandit, has time again said that removal of Article 370 is one of the solutions to make the situation better in the conflict-ridden state. Kher, whose wife Kirron Kher is a Member of Parliament from the party, has openly voiced support for the various BJP's government policies.
His tweet comes at a time when security has been beefed up at vital installations and in sensitive areas, mobile internet services have been suspended and several leaders have been put under house arrest. Satellite phones have been provided to police officials and district magistrates.
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The government imposed restrictions under Section 144 CrPC in Srinagar district with effect from midnight. As per the order, there will be no movement of public and all educational institutions shall also remain closed.
There will be a complete bar on holding any kind of public meetings or rallies during the period of operation of this order.
After the Jammu and Kashmir administration curtailed the Amarnath Yatra and asked pilgrims and tourists to leave the valley at the earliest on Friday, anxious residents continue to throng markets to stock on essentials and serpentine queues have been visible outside shops and fuel stations.
The Anantnag district administration, in view of "panic stocking", ordered all fuel station dealers not to sell petrol or diesel without permission from the district magistrate or an authorised officer. Various educational institutions in Kashmir Valley also directed their students to vacate hostels.
The authorities in Jammu and Udhampur district also ordered closure of schools and colleges as precautionary measures. The University of Jammu will remain closed on Monday and all scheduled examinations have been postponed.
The authorities have imposed night curfew in Kishtwar, Rajouri districts and Banihal area of Ramban district. Additional paramilitary forces, which arrived in Kashmir in the past few days, have been deployed across the city and in other vulnerable areas of the valley, the officials said.
The strength of the security personnel has been increased around vital installations such as the civil secretariat, police headquarters, airport and various central government establishments in the city, they said. Barricades have been erected on many arterial roads, including the entry and exit points to Srinagar, the summer capital of the state.
Riot control vehicles have also been kept on standby in some areas where the apprehension of law and order disturbances is more, the officials added.