NSA Ajit Doval briefs Amit Shah on Kashmir situation

NSA Ajit Doval briefs Amit Shah on Kashmir situation
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Photo: AFP/File
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New Delhi: National Security Advisor Ajit Doval on Monday briefed Home Minister Amit Shah on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, where restrictions have been imposed since August 5, officials told news agency PTI.

This was for the first time that Doval met Shah after his return from the Kashmir Valley, where he stayed for about 10 days and personally monitored the situation.

Union Home Secretary Rajiv Gauba and other top officials also attended the meeting that reviewed the steps taken to maintain the law and order situation in the state.

NSA Ajit Doval briefs Amit Shah on Kashmir situation
Union Home Minister Amit Shah

Restrictions were imposed on communication links and movement of people in Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 following the Centre's move to abrogate provisions of Article 370 that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into union territories.

However, restrictions were gradually lifted in some areas in Jammu region and the Kashmir Valley, but the curb is still continuing in many parts.

Schools without students

Teachers reported to work in many schools in Kashmir as restrictions were eased further on Monday but not many students were seen.

Officials said the government has made necessary arrangements for opening of 190 primary schools in Srinagar city as security forces remained deployed in most of the Valley.

But all private schools in the city remained shut for the 15th consecutive day as parents were apprehensive about the security situation in view of violent protests over the past two days. Only Police Public School at Bemina and a few Kendriya Vidyalayas saw a handful of students turning up.

"There is so much uncertainty in the situation that sending kids to school at this stage is out of question," Farooq Ahmad Dar, a parent, said.

Authorities had planned to open schools up to primary level and make all government offices functional from Monday.

In Srinagar city, barricades were removed from areas where the situation has remained peaceful since the Centre announced the scrapping of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated it into two union territories on August 5.

Markets in the Valley were shut while public transport remained off roads. The movement of private vehicles in the city increased after restrictions were eased.

(With inputs from PTI)

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