On Friday, General Chief Military Officer Bipin Rawat will visit Srinagar for the first time following the repeal of Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir. Following a rise in ceasefire violations, the Army Chief will examine the safety condition and readiness of safety forces in the Kashmir Valley.
In Srinagar and elsewhere in Kashmir, stringent constraints remain ahead of Friday demonstrations. CPM leader Sitaram Yechury on Thursday, after landing in Srinagar with the consent of the Supreme Court, encountered his colleague MY Tarigami. During another event in the Valley, activists shot a shop owner dead on Thursday in the outskirts of Srinagar.
The visit of the military chief occurs when the return of normality to the valley is underlined by the Jammu and the Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik and the Minister of External Affairs.
On Wednesday, after the repeal of Article 370, Governor Malik stated that no civil deaths occurred in Kashmir. There was no civilian casualty, only a few people who received violence are wounded,’ he said in a press conference here.’ We managed to maintain stuff under control during Panchayat, Lok Sabha elections, and even now. Every Kashmiri life is important to us, we do not want to lose even one life. The government will open 50 fresh schools in the region to improve schools in the valley.
On Thursday, mobile phone services were restored by the Jammu and Kashmir administrations in five “sensitive” Jammu counties. Jammu Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Verma stated that mobile telephony was restored in Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban, Rajouri and Poonch.
Since August 5, after the abrogation of the state’s unique status under Article 370, services have been blocked across Jammu and Kashmir.