: Authorities in Srinagar Monday ordered curfew on August 4 and 5 in wake of the first anniversary of the abrogation of Article 370.
“Senior Superintendent of Police, Srinagar has reported that a series of inputs have been received suggesting that separatists and Pakistan sponsored groups are planning to observe 5th August 2020 as a black day, and thereby apprehensions of violation of action or protests are not ruled out. There are specific inputs about the violent protests endangering public life and property,” reads an order issued here by the Deputy Commissioner Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Choudhary.
In view of the restrictions aimed at COVID-19 containment already in place, the movement and assembly of people has been prohibited to avoid the spread particularly in wake of the recent spike, he said.
“Thus, any such mass gathering would be detrimental to the efforts related to COVID-19 containment as well,” the DC Srinagar said. "The report has further made a case that to prevent such violence and loss of life and property, it's imminent to impose curfew in the district."
“Therefore, after having considered the material facts in report and examining the situation in the backdrop of the prevailing factors, I, District Magistrate, Srinagar, by virtue of powers vested in me under section 144 Cr PC hereby order complete restrictions on public movement and curfew in the territorial jurisdiction of district Srinagar,” he said.
Further, he said, medical emergencies and movement of staff on COVID-19 duty with passes and valid cards should be exempted from the above restrictions. “Additional Deputy Commissioner (Administration), Srinagar shall deploy one magistrate each to coordinate implementation in each Police Stations jurisdictions,” he said.
“These restrictions shall come into force with immediate effect and shall remain in force on 4th and 5th August 2020,” the order said. “Meanwhile, the restrictions previously ordered vide this office order dated 31st July 2020 on account of COVID-19 shall continue thereafter till 8th August unless revised earlier.”