As the world celebrates Eid-al-Adha, Kashmir remains tense. After taking several measures to restore normalcy in Jammu and Kashmir, curfew-like curbs were re-imposed on Sunday.
The celebrations for the three-day festival started after restriction were relaxed for the first time on Friday after the special status was revoked last week.
In Srinagar banks, ATMs and quite a few markets remained open as restrictions were eased allowing people to come out to shop.
“After Eid prayers were offered in the morning, restrictions have been reimposed in many parts of the Valley. We allowed people to move earlier, now restrictions have been reimposed due to the prevailing situation,” Srinagar Deputy Commissioner Shahid Chaudhary was quoted as saying.
According to a few media reports, Eid prayers were not allowed in most mosques in Srinagar including the prominent Jamia Masjid and Eidgah in downtown Srinagar.
The fresh restrictions were reportedly imposed after some stone pelting incidents were witnessed after the Friday prayers that injured four to five men after one or two rounds of pump-action gun were fired by the security forces.
Authorities have reportedly said that the priority will be to ensure no untoward incident or violence takes place during Eid-ul Azha celebrations.
The Home Ministry on Sunday dismissed a foreign media report as “fabricated”, about a protest by some 10,000 people in Kashmir valley.
Meanwhile, around 300 political leaders still remain detained and mainstream leaders like National Conference Farooq Abdullah, Former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, BJP’s favoured face in Kashmir, Sajad Lone remain under house arrest.
On Monday, the Civil Administration of J&K listed out the measure being taken for general public and employees.
“The delivery of vegetables, LPG cylinders, poultry and eggs has been ensured at the doorsteps through mobile vans. Six mandis have been established in Srinagar city” the statement reads.
The administration has also made arrangements for 2.5 lac sheep on hooves for the public for Eid-ul-Azha sacrifice. In rest of the districts, the District Magistrates have made elaborate arrangements for the forthcoming Eid-ul-Azha.
The statement said that special arrangements have been made for the safe return of Hajis from Saudi Arabia, for which flights will commence on August 18. All deputy commissioners have nominated nodal officers to be stationed at the airport to facilitate the smooth return of Hajis to their homes.
The government also claims to have made sufficient stocking of essential materials. The statement said that the Wheat has been stocked to suffice for 65 days, rice for 55 days, mutton for 17 days, poultry for 1 month, kerosene oil for 35 days, LPG for 1 month, High-Speed Diesel (HSD) and MS for 28 days.
As many as 300 special telephone booths are being established to help the public get in touch with their relatives, it said.
The administration said all health institutions in Kashmir division were functioning fully with adequate quantities of medicines available.