Union Home Minister Amit Shah on today said that there was no longer any restriction in the Kashmir Valley and the entire world supported the removal of most of the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Shah said that due to the bold step taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PM Modi) on 5 August, Jammu and Kashmir will be the most developed region of the country in the next five to seven years.
The Home Minister criticised the opposition for spreading propaganda in the Valley. Addressing a seminar on national security, Shah said, “Where are the restrictions? It is only in your mind. There are no restrictions. Those who claim otherwise are spreading misinformation.”
The home minister said that curfew had been lifted from everywhere across the 196 police stations in Kashmir and areas under the jurisdiction of only eight police stations now have Section 144 imposed. Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) of 1973 empowers an executive magistrate to prohibit an assembly of more than four persons in an area. According to 141-149 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the maximum punishment for engaging in rioting is rigorous imprisonment for three years and/or fine.
Referring to the recently held UNGA meet, the home minister said, “All world leaders had gathered (in New York City/United Nations) for seven days. None of the leaders (of Jammu and Kashmir) raised the issue. This is a major diplomatic victory of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.”
Shah said that terrorists had killed 41,800 people in Jammu and Kashmir since the 1990s but no one raised the human rights issue of the soldiers, their widows or their orphans.
The home minister said, “For some days, some people have been making fun of the situation where the citizens of a place have no mobile connection. The lack of phones does not violate human rights.”
Shah said that 10,000 new landline connections had been installed in Jammu and Kashmir whereas, in the last two months alone, 6,000 PCOs had been set up. He said, “The decision on Article 370 will strengthen India’s unity and integrity.”