New Delhi: As Union home minister Amit Shah announced the decision to scrap Article 370, which grants special status to Jammu and Kashmir, tension spilled over in the Valley with the Centre drawing up an immediate action plan for the region.
In a notification following the decision, the home ministry said, “In the overall interest and to strengthen national security…it is essential that occasion is not allowed to be misused by inimical and anti-social elements to cause a breach of security, peace and public harmony in any part of the country."
Union home secretary Rajiv Gauba has signed off on the order instructing security forces and law enforcement agencies to be on the highest alert to thwart any kind of breach of security.
“..special attention may be paid to communally sensitive and other fragile areas," the order said.
While Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), which prohibits gathering of four or more people, was imposed in the state late on Sunday, the order has instructed security forces and the administration in Jammu and Kashmir to safeguard the residents in the region, especially students from other areas of the country.
While all communication lines — including landlines, mobile phones and data services have been snapped — the order has instructed law enforcement agencies to clamp down on any rumour mongering, “false and unscrupulous messages" that are likely to follow Shah’s decision.
As tension continued to flare in Jammu and Kashmir following the announcement, the Army and the Air Force were put on high alert in the region.