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Section 144 imposed in Srinagar; Mufti, Omar under house arrest

Sting Newz Service: Amid confusion over the presence of massive security forces in Jammu and Kashmir, Section 144 CrPc was imposed in Srinagar late Sunday night. Mainstream party leaders – NC leaders Omar and Farooq Abdullah, and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti, among others – were placed under house arrest and mobile, broadband internet and cable TV services were entirely shut down.

The government order also said no public meetings or rallies would be allowed and there would be “no movement of public and all educational institutions shall also remain closed”. Identity cards of service officials would be considered as movement passes in various areas.

The developments have triggered panic in the state. Top officials told The Indian Express that the government has been exploring options to modify Article 35A, which confers special rights to the permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, the Cabinet will meet today at Lok Kalyan Marg. The Opposition is also likely to raise the issue in Parliament, with Congress demanding a statement from Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Courtesy: Indian Express)

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