Few hours after relaxation, restrictions were re-imposed in certain areas of the Kashmir valley where incidents of stone-pelting at security forces were reported. The mobile internet service that was restored at low speed after 13 days in Jammu on Saturday was again suspended in a bid to prevent the spread of rumours by miscreants.
Only one member of their family was allowed to go to the Srinagar airport to receive the first batch of about 300 persons who returned after performing the Haj pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia.
Authorities said that the restrictions will continue till reassessment of the situation. Curfew-like restrictions continued for the 14th day in many areas of the Kashmir valley.
Restrictions were lifted from 35 police station areas in the valley but at some places, miscreants came out to pelt stones at the security forces. Restrictions were re-imposed in areas which witnessed trouble on Saturday after the curbs were eased in several areas of the city and elsewhere in the valley.
Protests took place at around a dozen places in which several protesters were injured. The security forces were directed to allow passage of pilgrims and their relatives who have already been issued passes through the areas where restrictions are in place.
Mobile internet service has been snapped again in the five districts of Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Udhampur and Reasi. These services were suspended on 4 August, a day before abrogation of Article 370 by the Modi government.
Jammu’s Inspector General of Police Mukesh Singh had warned of strict action against anyone circulating fake messages or videos on social media.