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Red alert for Delhi Metro in wake of Independence Day, Kashmir unrest

The alert was issued soon after the Centre’s big announcement on repealing Article 370, which grants autonomous status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

SNS | New Delhi |

A high alert has been issued for Delhi Metro network in the wake of the upcoming Independence Day and the recent developments in Kashmir.

“Security Alert. As advised by security agencies, a red alert has been imposed on the entire DMRC network. Please allow extra time in security checks,” a Delhi Metro Rail Corporation tweet read.

The alert was issued soon after the Centre’s big announcement on repealing Article 370, which grants autonomous status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday proposed in the Rajya Sabha to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution amid uproar by opposition members.

He made it clear that it was wrong to say that Article 370 of the Constitution linked Jammu and Kashmir with India.

“Opposition leaders are saying that Article 370 brought Jammu and Kashmir to India. But the fact is that the Maharaja Hari Singh signed on October 27, 1947 (the Instrument of Accession) while Article 370 came into existence in 1949.

“So this is wrong to say that Article 370 brought Jammu and Kashmir with India,” the Minister told the Rajya Sabha in response to Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad who condemned the government decision to axe Article 370.

The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill seeks to split the state into two Union Territories: Jammu and Kashmir with an Assembly and Ladakh without one.

Shah’s announcement came after days of escalating tension in Jammu and Kashmir, particularly the Valley. There was also an unprecedented build-up of armed forces in the state.

President Ram Nath Kovind has signed the notification to scrap Article 370.

The announcement comes on the backdrop of a Cabinet meeting at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s residence at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg.

Article 370 grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir and limits Parliament’s power to make laws concerning the state. It was incorporated in India’s Constitution in October 1949. It also gives power to the state legislature to define Jammu and Kashmir’s residents and their privileges.