Jammu, August 9: Authorities on Friday withdrew Section 144 of CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) from Jammu Municipal Corporation's limits as normalcy is returning to the region. All educational institutes will also open tomorrow, said Jammu District Magistrate Sushma Chauhan. Internet services, however, remained suspended in the region.
Section 144, which prohibits the assembly of five or more people, holding meetings or carrying weapons, was imposed in Jammu in view of the Modi government's decision to scrap the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. Earlier today, prohibitory orders in Kashmir were eased for Friday prayers. The historic Jama Masjid, however, was shut. Modi Govt Eases Prohibitory Orders in Valley for Friday Prayers.
Jammu Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Verma on Friday said that normalcy is returning to the region and that the authorities are doing everything in their power to facilitate people. "We are facilitating the people, making arrangements for their travel and regulating the situation. Normalcy is returning to the Jammu province. Phone services have been restored, if normalcy continues, internet services will also be restored soon," Verma said.
Jammu District Magistrate's Order:
Sushma Chauhan, Deputy Magistrate (DM) Jammu District: Section 144 (gathering of more than 4 people banned) withdrawn from Jammu Municipal limits. All school, and colleges to open tomorrow (August 10). pic.twitter.com/EezNKkIKpu
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Security forces were on high alert across the Kashmir Valley to prevent protests or unrest during or after the Friday prayers. The prohibitory orders were clamped five days ago to stem possible protests over the central government move to revoke special status for Jammu and Kashmir. Jammu and Kashmir: Govt Officials to Ensure Supply of Commodities During Eid Al-Adha.
President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday signed an order ending the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370, a day after Parliament passed the resolution, along with a bill to bifurcate the state into two Union Territories.