Article 370: Circumstances heat up in the valley

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Tension mounted in the Kashmir Valley after the Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) government’s security advisory on Friday for pilgrims of Amarnath Yatra to forfeit their pilgrimage. The tourists and the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims started leaving the Valley on Saturday, even after J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik said there was no need to panic. However, restrictions under section 144 have been imposed in Kashmir.

Omar Abdullah and ex CM Mehbooba Mufti are reportedly under house arrest along with several other politicians. Around 35,000 army troops have been deployed, in addition to half a million troops which were deployed already.

Meanwhile, Kashmir Valley continues to remain uncertain following the Friday order.With locals apprehensive of a major problem crackdown, or a conflict situation resulting from any unpopular announcement the central government may be planning to make, the residents have been stocking supplies of basic commodities.Kashmiris, unsettled by the recent decision, are silently preparing for an unspoken war. They are stockpiling food and locking down their homes.

Non-local students in NIT, Srinagar take an early vacation
A day after the Jammu and Kashmir government ordered tourists and Amarnath pilgrims to leave the Valley in the wake of “terror threats”, non-local students studying in Srinagar’s  National Institute of Technology were also seen being hurrying out of the valley. On Saturday morning, hundreds of non-local students from the premier engineering institute were seen waiting for the buses. On Friday evening, the institute had ordered suspension of all the classwork from Saturday on the “instructions received from the District Administration Srinagar.”

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