The Hindu Business Line
NSA Ajit Doval undertakes aerial survey of the Valley
Reviews security preparedness as Kashmir celebrates Eid al-Adha
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Monday conducted an aerial survey of the city and South Kashmir to take stock of the security situation as the valley celebrated Eid al-Adha amid strict restrictions that have been in place since the revocation of Article 370.
Officials said police chief Dilbag Singh and Army commanders also undertook separate aerial visits to various parts of the Valley.
The officers found the situation to be absolutely fine, they said. Eid prayers were concluded peacefully across Jammu and Kashmir, they said. An official statement said that sporadic protests and isolated instances of stone pelting were reported on Monday
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.
According to the statement, people congregated in large numbers at many places, including Bandipora (Dar ul Uloom Rahimiya 5,000, Jamia Masjid 2,000), Baramulla (10,000).
In Jammu, over 5,000 offered prayers at Eidgah while similar large gatherings were there in the province. However, minor localised protests of a ‘routine nature’ were reported from a few places, the statement said.
“There have been some isolated incidents of stone pelting, again, at an insignificant level. Police handled these locally and dispersed the protesters. There were no major injuries barring one or two individuals,” it said.
The statement said restrictions imposed in J&K 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.