The Indian authorities imposed the lockdown across parts of occupied Kashmir and placed former Indian-Occupied Kashmiri ministers, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, under house arrest on Sunday night, because of imposition of curfew restrictions in the region.
“As per the order there shall be no movement of public and all educational institutions shall also remain closed,” a statement by the government of Jammu and Kashmir, which is currently under the central rule, said on Sunday.
“There will be a complete bar on holding any kind of public meetings or rallies during the period of operation of this order.”
The latest tensions began in the last 10 days after the deployment of at least 10,000 soldiers through New Delhi. A security source said another 70,000 people had been deployed, an unprecedented level.
The Indian government has introduced other security measures – including a call to stock up food and fuel.
The measures caused a growing panic among residents, who have been waiting long lines outside petrol stations, food stores and ATMs, the authorities also suspended internet services on mobile phones in the disputed valley.
Medical facilities were also put on an emergency mode, a senior official was quoted as saying by local media on condition of anonymity.
Omar Abdullah posted on Twitter wrote, “I believe I’m being placed under house arrest from midnight tonight and the process has already started for other mainstream leaders. No way of knowing if this is true but if it is then I’ll see all of you on the other side of whatever is in store. Allah save us.”
Mehbooba Mufti, president of the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Democratic Party, shared on Twitter: “Hearing reports about internet being snapped soon including cellular coverage. Curfew passes being issued too. God knows what awaits us tomorrow. It’s going to be a long night.”
UN Appeal India and Pakistan to show moderation
The United Nations has asked India and Pakistan to show “maximum moderation” in the face of growing tensions between the two countries along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region.
“The UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan has observed and reported an increase in military activity on the control line in recent days,” said the UN Secretary General spokesman Stéphane Dujarric, in a statement sent by email to a UN correspondent, in response to a question.
“The United Nations urges both parties to exercise maximum restraint so that the situation does not deteriorate further,” the statement added.
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