On Monday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has met National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and National Security Advisor to discuss the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir, where restrictions are being eliminated in phases. The giant security blanket was positioned in the state around two weeks ago, ahead of Modi-led Government has announced the elimination of “special status” to the state and divide the state into two seperate Union Territories.

BJP Government has termed it an obstructive measure, meant to contain any reprisal that might lead to loss of property and life. Their removal will be conducted by local administration, depending on the existing situation. 

On Monday, a section of schools and all government offices reopened after a long break in Srinagar. Officials informed that two-thirds landlines have been restored in the Kashmir Valley and mobile network and internet services will be back after review of the security situation.

However, hundreds of politicians, including former Chief Ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah was on house arrest, remained in police custody. Prohibitory orders have further restricted large gatherings in several places.

The matter is upto the top court, where six petitioners are pending. 

Last week, in replying to a petition requested an immediate end to lockdown, the Supreme Court has said that the situation in the state was “sensitive” and one must rely on the BJP Government. 

Adjourning the case for around 2 weeks, the top court continued that “we expect normalcy. But nothing can be done overnight. Nobody knows what’s happening. One has to rely on the government… It is a sensitive issue.”

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