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Internet services restored in Ramban, curfew continues in Bhaderwah town

Ramban/Bhaderwah: Broadband and mobile Internet services were restored in Ramban district while prohibitory orders were lifted from Doda, except in Bhaderwah town, on Monday, days after tension ran high in the Union Territory over now-suspended BJP spokesperson Nupur Sharma’s controversial remarks over Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).

Prohibitory orders were also relaxed in the Kishtwar district but curfew remained in force in the Bhaderwah town for the fifth day in a row. However, students appearing in board exams were given free movement on showing valid identity and admit cards, officials said.

They said the broadband and mobile internet services were restored in the Ramban district late Sunday night after remaining suspended since June 09.

However, the services remained suspended in Doda and Kishtwar districts, as a precautionary measure, officials said.

In Bhaderwah town, police vehicles fitted with a public address system made several announcements since early morning informing people to stay indoors.

“As per the directions of the administration, admit cards were treated as curfew passes to facilitate free movement of students appearing for class 10 and 12 board exams,” said Rana Arif, an official of the Education department.

Arif, nominated as liaison officer to coordinate meetings between different communities and address students’ issues, said almost all students and staff have reached the centres well in time and the examinations were conducted successfully.

An official spokesperson said restrictions under Section 144 of CrPC, which were imposed on Thursday, have been lifted from the whole of the Doda district, except Bhaderwah town.

Deputy Commissioner of Doda Vikas Sharma along with Senior Superintendent of Police Abdul Qayoom reviewed the law-and-order situation across the district.

The deputy commissioner urged the locals to maintain communal harmony, and not to indulge in any activity that can have an adverse effect on the law-and-order situation.

Markets were opened in Doda, Thatri and Gandoh, the spokesperson said, adding the “situation in Bhaderwah was also normal and is continuously being monitored”.

Officials said that in Kishtwar town curfew-like restrictions were relaxed for one-and-a-half hours from 6 pm.

“The situation is well under control and there was no untoward incident reported from anywhere,” a police official said, adding the relaxation period is likely to be further extended in Kishtwar.

Meanwhile, Aadil Gafoor Ganai who was arrested on Sunday for allegedly delivering an “inflammatory speech” from Markazi Jama Masjid Bhaderwah on June 09 was produced before a mobile magistrate who sent him to police remand for five days.

Another accused, a juvenile whose social media post triggered the protests by the Muslim community, had managed an anticipatory bail from a court in Jammu.

Son of a police woman head constable, the 17-year-old evaded detention after being booked by police as raids continued in the town to arrest other accused wanted for their alleged involvement in creating trouble.

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