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Restrictions to be eased in Kashmir: Police chief

Police patrol in J&K Photograph:( Reuters )

WION Web Team New Delhi Aug 09, 2019, 12.05 PM (IST)

Dilbag Singh, director-general of police in Kashmir said on Friday that locals in Kashmir can pray within their neighbourhood without restriction, AFP reported.

"People are allowed to pray within their neighbourhood, there is no restriction on that," said Dilbag Singh, director-general of police for Kashmir.

Security officials have decided to ease a curfew in Kashmir, AFP added.

"But they should not venture out of their local area," he added.

Reports said National Security Advisor(NSA) Ajit Doval visited downtown Srinagar today and spent over two hours in the area. Doval interacted with troops and locals and also had lunch with CRPF personnel. The NSA chief will be addressing a press conference at 5 pm(local time) in Srinagar today.

On Thursday, Jammu and Kashmir chief secretary had ordered government employees to report to duty "with immediate effect".

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The chief secretary in his note had further stated that necessary arrangements regarding the smooth and secure working environment for the employees have been made by the administration.

In a televised address to the nation on Thursday, PM Modi had said that changes in Jammu and Kashmir was the beginning of "new era". PM Modi said that he wanted the local young leaders of the region to enter politics and participate in the polls.

During the address, PM Modi wished people of J&K on the eve of Eid and said the government was making sure that people have no problem in celebrating Eid.

"Those from J&K who live elsewhere and want to go home to celebrate the festival will be helped by the government," the PM said.