National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, who was in Kashmir for 11 days to ensure the smooth transition to normalcy in the region, met Union Home Minister Amit Shah and briefed him of the situation on the ground.
Also present during the meeting were Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and Intelligence Bureau chief Arvind Kumar.
During his visit, Doval met locals and the security forces to get a sense of the situation in the valley. Visuals showing him interacting with locals and having lunch at an undisclosed locality were circulated in the media. In a video, he was heard saying that things will change once the new administration is set up.
The meeting comes a day when several government schools in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) reopened after curbs under Section 144 were lifted in parts of the state. The officials told reporters that arrangements had been made for the reopening of 190 schools in Srinagar. The strength of students seemed quite less even as teachers reported to work.
Meanwhile, officials have said that two-thirds of the landlines have been made functional in the Valley, while mobile internet services will resume following a review of the security situation. Still, major telephone exchanges in the region remain shut.
Amid the easing of restrictions, hundreds of politicians, including former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, who were arrested initially during the lockdown, remain in custody. Further, large gatherings are still prohibited in many places.
Reacting to the petitions for ending the restrictions, the Supreme Court had said the situation in J&K was “sensitive” and that one has to “rely on the government”. The top court had refused to offer any immediate relief and said that reasonable time should be provided to the government to ensure normalcy in the region.
Earlier, the Chief Secretary of J&K BVR Subramanyam had told a press conference that there has been no killing or any major injury since the restrictions were imposed on August 5.
The government had imposed section 144 under CrPC as a preventive measure to contain any backlash following the Centre’s move to scrap the special status of Kashmir under Article 370 and the state’s bifurcation into two union territories.