Newly-created UTs of J&K, Ladakh get first Lt Governors

Newly-created UTs of J&K, Ladakh get first Lt Governors

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Srinagar, Oct 31 : Newly-created Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, which officially came into existence on Thursday, got their first Lt Governors amid shutdown, protests and stepped-up security to nip in the bud any kind of demonstration by people in the Valley and Kargil.

Erstwhile senior bureaucrat, Girish Chandra Murmu, became the first Lt Governor of UT of J&K. Another top civil servant, Radha Krishna Mathur, was administered oath as the first Lt Governor of UT of Ladakh after the state of Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated on August 5, when the Centre scrapped its special status by revoking Article 370 and Article 35A.

Security forces were on high alert to prevent any law and order problem in Kashmir valley, where strike continued for the 88th consecutive day on Thursday. 'Black-day' was observed in Kargil district of Ladakh region.

Meanwhile, three former Chief Ministers were among dozens of senior leaders of different mainstream political parties who remained under detention since August 5 in Jammu and Kashmir, which lost its 72-year-old statehood and was finally divided into two UTs.

Mr Chandra was administered oath of office of the Lt Governor by Chief Justice of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court Gita Mittal at a simple function at Raj Bhavan here this afternoon. Senior civil, army and police officials were present at the function. Media was kept out of the function.

Earlier, R K Mathur took oath as Lt Governor of Ladakh at a simple but impressive function held in Leh at 0730 hrs this morning.

With this the number of states in the country has dropped to 28 and UTs stands at nine. (UNI)