Article 370 is no more!

Massive announcement with massive repercussions for Jammu and Kashmir, HM Amit Shah has announced in Rajya Sabha that the government has decided to repeal Article-370 of the Constitution which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The government has also decided to bifurcate the state into two Union territories – J&K, which will have a legislature, and Ladakh, which will be without a legislature.

As per the order, there will be no movement of public and all educational institutions shall also remain closed. There will be a complete bar on holding any kind of public meetings or rallies during the period of operation of this order.

After the Jammu and Kashmir administration curtailed the Amarnath Yatra and asked pilgrims and tourists to leave the Valley at the earliest on Friday, anxious residents continue to throng markets to stock on essentials and serpentine queues have been visible outside shops and fuel stations.

The Anantnag district administration, in view of “panic stocking”, ordered all fuel station dealers not to sell petrol or diesel without permission from the district magistrate or an authorised officer.

Various educational institutions in Kashmir Valley also directed their students to vacate hostels. The authorities in Jammu and Udhampur district also ordered closure of schools and colleges as precautionary measures.

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