Kashmir Live Updates: Security beefed up ahead of Independence Day, curbs may ease after Aug 15

Saying restrictions in Kashmir were put in place to avoid loss of human lives, the foremost priority, a top government official on Tuesday said these impositions on people’s movement and communications are being eased out in a phased manner.

The official also asserted that these restrictions will only be removed after an assessment by local authorities and added that political leaders like former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, who were arrested as a “preventive measure”, will also be released by the J&K administration only after assessing the ground situation.

“If the trade-off is between inconvenience and loss of life, if the trade-off is between peddling fake news leading to loss of life and people’s inconvenience, what should we choose? However, the administration is mindful of the difficulties being faced by people and trying to minimise the inconvenience. Any such decision (removal of restrictions) will be taken only after an assessment by the local administration,” the official said.

A Home Ministry spokesperson said as per the J&K administration, restrictions imposed on people’s movement and communication links in the Kashmir Valley are being eased out in a phased manner and the normal situation in the Jammu division has been restored after assessment by relevant local authorities.

Updated: August 14, 2019 — 8:22 am