Amid arrests of leaders in Jammu and Kashmir, activist Tehseen Poonawalla filed a petition in SC seeking withdrawal of curfew, blocking of phone lines, internet, news channels and other restrictions from Jammu and Kashmir.
Moreover, the Supreme Court has refused the urgent hearing of the matter on the plea filed by Tehseen Poonawalla regarding the withdrawal of curfew from the valley. Lawyer ML Sharma said in the apex court that urgent hearing in the matter is required as the people of J-K and Pakistan can go the United Nations. In response, Justice Ramana asked, “Do you think the United Nations can nullify the amendment made in the Indian constitution?”
On Monday, former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, who were placed under house arrest, were arrested. Besides Mufti and Abdullah, Jammu and Kashmir People's Conference leaders Sajjad Lone and Imran Ansari were also arrested. The arrest of Mufti and Abdullah, two mainstream leaders of Kashmir, came hours after the Narendra Modi government striped the state of its special status.
Kashmir has remained on edge as the authorities stepped up security at vital installations and in sensitive areas, suspended mobile internet services and either "arrested" or "detained" several leaders in fast-paced developments. Mobile Internet services were also suspended in Kashmir Valley, while satellite phones were being provided to police officials and district magistrates.
In an unprecedented move that is likely to spark unrest in the Valley, the Narendra Modi government on Monday scrapped part of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that gives special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also moved a resolution in the Lok Sabha for bringing a bill to reorganise the state of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh amid a walkout by opposition parties.
However, the Narendra Modi government is likely to issue some relaxation in the stringent security clampdown, which were put in place before the revocation of the Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.