Wahid Bhat |SRINAGAR
Jammu and Kashmir Governor Satya Pal Malik on Tuesday said that the ‘government’ orders being circulated on social media in Kashmir from past few days were invalid.
Governor Malik said on the sidelines of a function at SKICC in Srinagar. “there has been no valid order by the government. All the orders are invalid.”
He said that rumors spread like wildfire in Kashmir. “If any small incident happens in Lal Chowk, I get news at Governor House that a blast has occurred in Lal Chowk.
Such is the rumour mongering in Kashmir,” he said. He appealed to the people not to pay heeds to rumors saying that everything was fine and normal in the state.
“No order is valid. If someone catches a sneeze in Lal Chowk, by the time it reaches Governor house, it is projected as a bomb blast,” he added.
The state administration on Sunday night issued an order directing five zonal superintendents of police in the Valley to provide a list of mosques in the city and its management committees, while another, which has made its way to the social media, has asked police officers in Srinagar to collect information about passenger capacity of taxis and fuel capacity of petrol pumps.
“Please provide details of mosques and their managements falling without your respective jurisdictions as per enclosed proforma to this office immediately for onward submission to higher authorities,” according to the order issued by the Srinagar senior superintendent of police.
Besides this, the officers have been asked to provide information about the ideological affiliation of the mosque committee.
These orders, which were supposed to be confidential, have found their way to the social media but some officers on the ground said they were yet to receive them. There was no official word on the orders.
Reacting to this, Omar Abdullah tweeted, “This is a very serious matter raised by the Governor. Fake orders were circulated under the signature of senior government officers. This is not something that can be dismissed with a simple sound byte. The CBI must be asked to investigate these fake orders and their origin”.
The Railway Protection Force (RPF) official in Budgam on Monday had issued a controversial letter about “deteriorating situation” in Jammu and Kashmir. He was transferred according to the sources.
In the letter, RPF Assistant Security Commissioner (Budgam) Sudesh Nugyal asked employees to stock ration for at least four months, store drinking water for seven days and fill vehicles fully to deal with the issue of law and order for a long period as there is a “forecast of deteriorating situation” in Kashmir.
BJP ready for Assembly election
Meanwhile Jammu and Kashmir BJP president Ravinder Raina reiterated that the party is “prepared for assembly elections”.
Ravinder Raina said, “Our party is ready for elections. The organisational membership drive is also on. We had already agreed for assembly polls to be simultaneous with Lok Sabha. However, police and civil administration had then expressed apprehension over security arrangements”.
Thirteen core group leaders from the state have arrived in Delhi for a meeting with senior leadership. Interestingly, the last such crucial meeting in Delhi was in June 2018 after which the BJP pulled out of the alliance with the Mehbooba Mufti-led PDP.
Meanwhile, deployment of additional troops and speculation over abrogation of J&K’s special status turned the valley into a political battleground.
Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah have questioned the measures and criticised the Centre.
On Article 35A or special status 370, Raina said, “Women have suffered under these articles. Gujjar-Bakerwals have been discriminated against. Refugees, especially Kashmiri Pandits suffered. So an abrogation of special status will only panic Mufti and Abdullah and nobody else.