Curbs in J-K being lifted gradually: Kishan Reddy

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Hyderabad: The restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the abrogation of Article 370 are being lifted gradually and the situation should be normal within a week, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said on Saturday.

Precautionary measures were being taken in view of provocative statements and others coming from Pakistan, he said. “Kashmir situation is normal. Day to day, the situation is improving, because we are taking all precautionary measures. From the Pakistan side, provocative statements are being made every day…,” he told PTI here on the sidelines of an event.

Kishan said educational institutions would be re-opened from Monday and prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the CrPC were being lifted, except in some districts. “The situation is under control. I think it will be normal within a week,” he said.

Asked about detention of political leaders in the State, Reddy said the Congress government detained leaders of National Conference and JKLF for months together in the past and that it was not happening for the first time. The leaders were detained for their safety, as part of the precautionary measures, he said.

Reddy, who was speaking at the inauguration of 21st Annual YMCA Kargil Victory Sports Festival, appreciated the YMCA, Greater Hyderabad, for organising the event in memory of Kargil victory and the martyrs. Prime Minister Narendra Modi put the responsibility of development of Kargil in his hands, he said.

The abrogation of the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir put an end to the rule of two or three families and enabled the people of the State to join the mainstream and derive several benefits that they were being deprived of so far, Reddy said. All sections of the people in the country were in favour of the Centre’s decision and the government would make all efforts to take Jammu and Kashmir on the path of progress, the Minister said.

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