Situation in J-K peaceful ahead of Eid, people allowed to offer prayers

RSTV Bureau
Jammu: CRPF personnel patrol a street near a mosque before Eid al-Adha prayers, in Jammu, Monday, Aug 12, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Jammu: CRPF personnel patrol a street near a mosque before Eid al-Adha prayers, in Jammu, Monday, Aug 12, 2019. (PTI Photo)

Ahead of Eid-ul Azha, banks, ATMs and quite a few markets remained open on Sunday in Kashmir and restrictions were eased allowing people to come out to shop, while residents would be permitted to offer prayers in neighbourhoods mosques on the festival, officials said.

There has been no report of violence anywhere in Kashmir, they said.

Normalcy was fast returning in most of the Jammu region where restrictions under section 144 CrPc have been completely lifted in five districts. In the other five districts, restrictions have been relaxed to facilitate Eid preparations, officials said.

Magistrates have been deployed at every critical place to act as facilitators for the convenience of the general public, an official spokesperson said.

A top government official said people will be allowed to visit neighbourhood mosques to offer prayers during the Eid-ul-Azha on Monday.

The administration has issued an advisory saying that 300 special telephone booths are being established to help people communicate with their kin. Telephone and internet links in the Valley have been snapped since August 5

Meanwhile, National Conference leader and former minister Ali Mohammad Sagar, who was arrested a few days ago, was on Sunday shifted to a jail in Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh, the first mainstream political leader being sent out of Jammu and Kashmir, an official said.

So far 46 people have been shifted from J-K to jails in Uttar Pradesh in recent days.

District Magistrates have made elaborate arrangements for the, an official spokesman said, adding treasuries, banks and ATMs have been made functional even on holiday in the run-up to the festival Six ‘mandies’ and markets have been established in Srinagar city while 2.5 lakh sheep have been made available for public for sacrifice on Eid-ul-Azha on Monday.

The authorities have also deployed mobile vans for door to door delivery of vegetables, LPG cylinders, poultry and eggs, officials said.

The district administrations are constantly reviewing the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, and they will facilitate people to offer prayers in mosques during Eid, a top official told PTI, requesting anonymity.

The replenishment of cash in ATMs has been ensured on regular basis and people are drawing money from ATMs as and when required, said officials, adding salaries of all employees and wages of casual labourers too have been released in advance.

Ration ‘ghats’ in every district have started functioning to supply groceries to people. Out of 3,697 ration ‘ghats’ in Kashmir division, 3,557 ration ‘ghats’ have been made operational to provide essentials to the general public.

Authorities said elaborate arrangements have been made for the safe and hassle-free returns of Hajis from Saudi Arabia, for which flights will commence on August 18.

All deputy commissioners have nominated their nodal officers who will be stationed at the airport from August 18 to facilitate the return of ‘hajis’ to their native places in the city and elsewhere in the Valley.

Special help-line desks will be established at the airport and Hajj houses for the convenience of ‘hajis’.

The government has also stocked sufficient amount of various essential items.

All health institutions at primary, secondary and tertiary level in Kashmir division are functioning fully with sufficient number of doctors and para-medical staff on duty.

Flights are operating as per the schedule and air tickets too are being treated as movement passes, they added.

Various municipal corporations and other civic bodies in the valley too have taken additional steps to ensure complete cleanliness and sanitation in their respective areas.

To ensure round the clock power supply and its immediate restoration following faults and breakdowns, sufficient staffers have been deployed in various power utilities, officials said, adding adequate transmission cables and transformers are there in the stock to meet any contingency.

Similar arrangements have been made to ensure round the clock water supply with deployment of sufficient staffers at pumping stations and water plants.

(With input from agency)