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Centre asks states and union territories to ensure safety and security of residents, students of Jammu and Kashmir

In Srinagar Photograph:( ANI )

WION Web Team Delhi Aug 05, 2019, 02.52 PM (IST)

The Central government on Monday asked state governments and Union Territories (UTs) to ensure the safety and security of residents and students of Jammu and Kashmir.

Ministry of Home Affairs issued an order to Chief Secretaries & Director Generals of Police (DGPs) of all states and UTs, asking them to put security forces and law enforcement agencies on maximum alert.

Earlier in the day, the government 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.

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The resolution, moved by Union Home Minister Amit Shah, said that the President, on the recommendation of the Parliament, is pleased to declare that, as from August 5, 2019, all clauses of the said Article 370 shall cease to be operative except clause (1).

"Further, keeping in view the prevailing internal security situation, fuelled by cross border terrorism in the existing State of Jammu and Kashmir, a separate Union Territory for Jammu and Kashmir is being created. The Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir will be with legislature," the resolution said.

The government has put Indian Army and Air Force on high alert as Article 370 was scrapped.

Meanwhile, mobile internet services have been suspended in Jammu and Kashmir and all educational institutes have been shut in Srinagar until further orders with the government imposing section 144 in the state.

(With inputs from agencies)