Article 370: Ministry of Home Affairs rejects media report claiming massive protests in Srinagar

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 10, 2019, 01.57 PM(IST)

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The Centre on Saturday termed a media report as "completely fabricated and incorrect" that claimed there was a protest by 10,000 people in Srinagar on Friday when restrictions were eased.

The Ministry of Home Affairs Saturday, refuted a news report of mass protest in Kashmir's Srinagar after PM Narendra Modi-led government on August 5 decided to withdraw the special status granted to the state under Article 370 and 35(A) of the Indian Constitution. 
News agency Reuters had published a report, quoting two policemen and an eye witness, claiming police on Friday used tear gas and pellet guns to "Fightback" protesters that numbered "at least 10,000" in the valley. 

Taking to Twitter, the spokesperson of the home ministry said, "A news report originally published in Reuters and appeared in Dawn claims there was a protest involving 10000 people in Srinagar. This is completely fabricated & incorrect. There have been a few stray protests in Srinagar/Baramulla and none involved a crowd of more than 20 people."


The administration has lifted prohibitory orders from Jammu region and asked schools to reopen from Saturday. Jammu and Kashmir was put under complete lockdown on August 11, a day before the government of India revoked Article 370 that gave special status to the state.

The PM Narendra Modi government on August 5 revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and proposed that the state be bifurcated into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.

Yesterday, President Ram Nath Kovind gave his nod to the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019, making it into law. The bill was passed in both houses of the Indian Parliament earlier this week with 370 votes in its favour and 70 against it.

The Bill provides for the formation of the Union Territory of Ladakh without legislature and a separate one for Jammu and Kashmir with the legislature. Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will come into existence as separate Union Territories on October 31.

Meanwhile, Pakistan, on its part, has downgraded bilateral ties with India and suspended all bilateral trade activities, communication, and railways, which facilitated people-to-people ties between each other.