Article 370: Over 100, including political leaders, arrested in Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu: Amid lockdown in the Valley, security agencies have arrested over 100 people, including political leaders and activists, as they were considered a threat to peace in the Valley, officials said on Wednesday.

The arrests came hours after the Centre announced abrogation of the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and proposed bifurcation of the State into two Union territories — Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.

A senior official said, “Over 100 political leaders and activists have been arrested in the valley so far.” He did not give the details of those arrested.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah, who were under house arrest since Sunday night, were placed under arrest on Monday night as they were considered a threat to the law-and-order situation in the state. Jammu and Kashmir People’s Conference leaders Sajjad Lone and Imran Ansari were also arrested.

The arrested leaders were lodged at Hari Niwas, metres away from their Gupkar residences, the officials said.

The orders of their arrest were issued by the magistrates concerned in view of their activities to disturb peace and tranquillity in the Kashmir valley, they added.

Restrictions continue in Jammu for third day, schools shut

Restrictions in Jammu division remained in force for the third consecutive day on Wednesday amid imposition of section 144 as a preventive measure in the wake of abrogation of Article 370 that granted J&K a special status and its bifurcation into Union territories.

“All private and government schools have been closed on Wednesday for the third day as preventive measure till further orders,’ said orders issued by the Deputy Commissioners of different districts including Jammu, Kathua, Samba, Poonch, Doda, Rajouri, Udhampur here.

Meanwhile, schools and colleges also remain closed in view of restrictions.

Moreover, all examinations of different schools and University of Jammu have also been postponed till further orders and fresh dates will be announced later, said an order.