Curfew in Kashmir ahead of first Anniversary of revocation of Article 370

July 4, 2020: Curfew has been imposed in Kashmir on Tuesday and Wednesday as the country's newest Union Territory marks a year since it was formed. The Srinagar district magistrate in an order

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July 4, 2020: Curfew has been imposed in Kashmir valley on Tuesday and Wednesday as the country's newest Union Territory marks a year since it was formed. The Srinagar district magistrate in an order said they have got information about "separatists and Pakistan sponsored groups planning to observe August 5 as Black Day".

Srinagar District Magistrate Shahid Iqbal Choudhary said in an order that the curfew will come into force with immediate effect and shall remain in effect on August 4 and August 5.

Srinagar Senior Superintendent of Police has reported that a series of inputs have been received suggesting that separatist and Pakistan-sponsored groups are planning to observe August 5 as Black Day and violent action or protests are not ruled out, sources said.

There are specific inputs about violent protests endangering public life and property, the order said.

Choudhary said any mass gathering would also be detrimental to efforts related to the containment of COVID-19.

The SSP report further suggests that in view of restrictions aimed at COVID-19 containment already in place, the movement and assembly of people have been prohibited.

Thus, any such mass gathering would be detrimental to efforts related to COVID-19 containment as well, he said.

However, medical emergencies and movement of staff on COVID-19 duty with pass/valid cards shall be exempted from the restrictions, the order said.

These restrictions shall come into force with immediate effect and shall remain in force on August 4 and 5, the order said, adding, the restrictions previously ordered on account of COVID-19 shall continue thereafter till August 8, unless revised earlier.

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