In Jammu & Kashmir, public barred from key road for security 

Nitesh Jha  Friday 5th of April 2019 12:11 PM
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The Pulwama terror attack took place on the NH-44.

New Delhi: The Jammu & Kashmir administration has banned the general public from accessing the 270km stretch of the National Highway-44 between Jammu’s Udhampur to Kashmir’s Baramulla from dawn to dusk for two days in a week. This comes in the wake of the Pulwama suicide attack on a CRPF convoy, which killed over 40 soldiers.

The restriction for accessing the highway will be enforced until May 31.

Reacting to this, mainstream parties of the state have expressed their concern over the decision.

The Peoples’ Democratic Party chief  Mehbooba Mufti said, “We have only one lifeline and that is this highway. If you close it for civilian traffic for two days in a week you can imagine what would be its consequences. We are living in a democracy, we are not living in a military state. How can do they this?”

National Conference vice-president Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter that the decision is “shocker” and a “glaring” admission of failure to manage the internal security of J&K.”

It may be noted that this highway is used by schoolchildren to patients, marriages to funerals. Apart from these, the highway is the primary link between Kashmir and the rest of India, through which essential commodities reach the valley.  




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