Tight security marks J&K's first I-Day post Article 370

No Conditions. When Can I Come? Rahul Gandhi's Comeback To J&K Governor

While rules on the movement of people would be eased after India's Independence Day celebrations on Thursday, state governor Satya Pal Malik said that phone lines and the Internet would remain down.

Addressing the gathering, Malik said the government is committed to the safe return of Kashmiri Pandits, who had fled the valley in thousands in 1990 during the height of militancy when they were threatened to either convert or leave.

Menaka Guruswamy, a lawyer for the petitioner, said the court should move to restore hospital services and open schools. He was arrested in Delhi and taken back to Srinagar, where he was detained under the Public Safety Act.

Addressing the gathering, Satya Pal Malik said people need not be anxious about their identity after the steps taken by the Centre.

TRT World could not confirm the circumstances of his death and accounts on social media suggest Kashmiris have suffered medical complications or died during the severe restrictions on movement and communication.

After the announcement of abrogation of Article 370, Jammu and Kashmir were in lockdown, and security was heavily beefed up.

The Congress leader said, the state-level bankers' committee has refused to consider the demand of the state government and the opposition parties to extend the moratorium on repayment of loans to December 31, 2019.

Jammu and Kashmir Police, Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the Army were seen carrying out regular patrolling in all the towns and villages of the erstwhile state.

"We are reviewing the situation on a regular basis".

Centre has removed all the restrictions in Jammu, while some are still in place in Kashmir. Appropriate decisions will be made based on law and order assessments, he added.

Subrahmanyam said the government had taken measures to ensure minimum inconvenience to residents.

"Restrictions were imposed in J-K as there were credible inputs of militant organisations planning to undertake attacks in J&K in immediate future". "Their record has been recognised by governments worldwide and by global organisations, including the United Nations", he said.

"A few preventive detentions of individuals were also made in accordance with the provisions of the law to maintain law and order and avoid breach of peace", said the chief secretary.

The chief secretary justified imposition of restrictions in the Valley saying the decisions taken nearly fortnight ago had mandated taking "preventive steps as precautionary measures owing to history of cross border terrorism".

All major newspapers are being published and satellite and cable TV networks are operational, the chief secretary said.

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