According to official sources, the Jammu district administration asked authorities of schools and colleges to remain closed on Monday as a precautionary measure.
Deputy Commissioner of Jammu Sushma Chauhan said on Sunday night, “All schools, colleges and academic institutions, both private and government, are advised to remain closed as a measure of caution.”
This step has been taken in view of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir following multi-fold increase in the security deployment due to threat perception, officials said.
Earlier, security across Jammu region was strengthened with additional deployment of paramilitary forces, including Rapid Action Force, in various districts especially in the twin border districts of Poonch and Rajouri, they said.
Restrictions have been imposed across the Kashmir Valley from early Monday, it was announced here.
“Government has imposed restrictions under section 144 CrPC in District Srinagar with effect from 1200 Hrs on 5th August 2019 which shall remain in force till further orders.
“However, there is no curfew in place as reported in a section of media,” an official statement said.
Political leaders like Congress’ Usman Majid and Communist Party of India-Marxist MLA MY Tarigami said that they have been arrested, while police sources said that former Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti will be under house arrest.
Heavy deployments of local police, along with contingents of paramilitary forces, will fan out so that they are in place when the loudspeaker-mounted police vehicles make the announcement early morning.
All universities in the Valley have ordered the cancellation of classwork and exams scheduled on Monday without announcing any future dates for the same.
Mobile internet facility was been snapped across the state and sources said that even call facility on cell phones are likely to be cut soon, adding that this was being done to prevent anti-social elements from spreading rumours.
All police stations, district and sector magistrates deputed on law and order duties have been provided satellite phones to maintain official communications.
Service provider BSNL is offering satellite phones to media persons at Rs one lakh a piece to file stories from the Valley.
All available indications suggest the locals have already stocked enough rations, medicines and other essentials to survive any eventuality even if this means remaining indoors for long.
All top officers of state police, paramilitary forces and intelligence agencies are supervising the situation to ensure that there is no major law and order problem if any major decision is announced in New Delhi that would alter the constitutional relationship of the state with the rest of the country.