Schools and government offices in Kashmir will re-open on Monday after the local administration reviews the ground situation, sources in the Jammu and Kashmir administration told NDTV. The restrictions in Kashmir will be removed over the next few days, the government told the Supreme Court today in response to a petition that sought an immediate lifting of the restrictions on the media amid a lockdown that has been in place there for more than 10 days.
“The ground situation is being reviewed daily and the Supreme Court must trust the security agencies,” the government told the top court, adding the situation is improving gradually.
Jammu and Kashmir has been under an unprecedented security cover and prohibitory orders banning large gatherings since August 4 – a day before the government announced that it has withdrawn special status for the state and will bifurcate it into two union territories.
As part of a complete communications blackout, phone services and internet connections remain suspended in the Kashmir Valley and curfew-like restrictions are in place. No decision has been made on re-opening the phone
Almost 400 political leaders of the Kashmir Valley are under detention. top mainstream political leaders remain under arrest. Two former Chief Ministers – Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah – are among those who have been arrested.