NSA Ajit Doval undertakes aerial survey of Kashmir Valley

SansadTV Bureau
File Photo of NSA Ajit Doval.

File Photo of NSA Ajit Doval.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Monday undertook an aerial survey of the city and South Kashmir areas to take stock of the security situation as the valley celebrated Eid al-Adha amid strict restrictions that are in place after the decision to revoke provisions of Article 370.

Officials said police chief Dilbag Singh and Army commanders also undertook separate aerial visits of various parts of the Kashmir Valley.

The officers found the situation to be absolutely fine, they said.

Eid prayers were concluded peacefully across Jammu and Kashmir, they said.

In Srinagar, keeping in view the possibility of terrorists, militants and mischievous elements trying to disturb public order and peace, reasonable restrictions were imposed on large gatherings in sensitive areas. People gathered in large numbers at local mosques to offer prayers and greet each other, the administration said in a statement.

In Jammu, over 5,000 offered prayers at Eidgah while similar large gatherings were there in the province.

However, there have been some minor localised protests of a routine nature at a few places, the statement said.

The statement said restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir last week were eased from Saturday onwards in a calibrated manner, balancing the requirements of facilitating the public and preventing mischievous elements from creating trouble.

People came out in large numbers and thronged the streets of Srinagar on Saturday, about 20 per cent of the shops opened and hawkers and street vendors sold consumables, it said.

On Sunday, there was further relaxation resulting in a large volume of traffic and traffic jams in some areas, it said.

Over 50 per cent of the shops were open and Eid shopping was done unhindered, it said.

There was massive sale of goats and sheep in Srinagar and other parts of the valley with over 2.5 lakh sheep sold in the city, it said.

It said removal and tightening of restrictions is a local exercise by the police and district administration based on their assessment of the need to maintain public order and peace.

The statement said restrictions on connectivity continue as a result of security requirements.

Elaborate necessary arrangements including security and other arrangements were made by the district and police administration in nearby Kishtwar district for smooth celebrations of Eid festival, the district administration said in a separate statement.

(With input from agency)