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MoS, Home Kishan Reddy hopes situation will be fully peaceful

Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad 

Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy on Saturday said prohibitory orders under Section 144, CrPC were relaxed at some places in Jammu and Kashmir and hoped that the situation would be "fully peaceful in the coming 10-15 days".

Stating that the law and order situation was under control in the state, he said Pakistan and its leaders were making irresponsible and provocative statements.

"Our military, paramilitary, takes all precautions 24x7... with regard to border security. Precautions are being taken in the prevailing special conditions also," he told reporters on the sidelines of an event.

"Pakistan has recently made some warnings. Pakistan Prime Minister spoke irresponsibly in a way that anything can happen in India. Against this backdrop, we are taking precautions internally, externally or on the border," he said.

The government is ready to face any situation, he added.

The government had taken precautionary measures, including deployment of security forces, to maintain peace, Reddy said.

"Law and order is fully under control. Neighbouring Pakistan (is making) irresponsible, provocative statements. The foreign minister, home minister there or the prime minister are speaking. We have taken all precautionary measures, either (deployment of) Army or paramilitary (forces), to safeguard law and order there.

"We relaxed section 144 at some places on Friday. Some educational institutions have started (functioning) from today. The situation may become fully peaceful in the coming 10-15 days," Reddy said.

Asked about restoration of communication in the valley, he said it was already restored in many places.

"Everything will be normal in phases. We have only taken precautionary measures with the view that even small incidents should not occur when a major decision has been made.... The atmosphere there is good," he said.

There were occasions when a curfew was in force for 30, 40 days at a stretch but there was no such situation now, the union minister stressed.

The abrogation of the provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution in Jammu and Kashmir had put an end to the rule of two-three families and enabled the people of the state to join the mainstream and derive several benefits that they were being deprived of so far, Reddy said.

The Leh, Ladakh and Kargil areas would emerge as important centres for Buddhism, he added.

All sections of people in the country were in favour of the Centre's decision and the government would make all efforts to take Jammu and Kashmir on the path of progress, the Minister said.

Speaking at another event later, Reddy hit out at those who criticised the Centre's decision to abolish Article 370.

He found fault with the situation in Jammu and Kashmir over non-implementation of laws of the land prior to the abolition of Article 370.

He said legislations like Right to Education were not implemented in the J&K.

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First Published: Sat, August 10 2019. 21:50 IST