Authorities ease restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of Eid 

WION Srinagar Aug 11, 2019, 06.07 PM(IST) Written By: Ieshan Bashir Wani

Jammu and Kashmir Photograph:( Reuters )

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“We are out to buy essentials for Eid but we are unhappy about the Centre’s decision to scrap the article 370,” said a local asking not to be named.

The authorities on Sunday eased restrictions imposed in Kashmir valley to facilitate people ahead of Eid.

People were seen rushing to essential stores and bakery shops which were partially open. 

The forces were deployed in strength to deal with any violence in every district of the Kashmir valley.

The residents were also seen lining up outside the banks and ATMs to withdraw money.

“We are out to buy essentials for Eid but we are unhappy about the Centre’s decision to scrap the article 370,” said a local asking not to be named.

In the afternoon, security forces were seen diverting the traffic and restrictions were imposed again. 

Sources in the government told WION that 4800 phone calls were made through two phones set up at DC office Srinagar till Saturday evening.

“The situation is normal. Restoring landline phones is being delayed for now but we are closely monitoring the situation,” said an official in Srinagar.

The shutting down of all communication systems has created problems for the people, as many were worried about their children and friends who are living or studying outside. 

“They should at least make landlines available so that we know how our children outside the state are doing,” said a woman. 

National Security Adviser Ajit Doval is personally monitoring the situation in Srinagar.