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NSA Ajit Do­val un­der­takes ae­rial sur­vey of the Val­ley

Re­views se­cu­rity pre­pared­ness as Kash­mir cel­e­brates Eid al-Adha

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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).

Mi­nor protests

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.

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