Art 370: J&K buzzing like normal, apex court told

Art 370: J&K buzzing like normal, apex court told

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New Delhi, Nov 21: Normalcy is returning to Jammu and Kashmir, especially the Valley, the Centre through, its senior law officer, Solicitor-General Tushar Mehta, informed the Supreme Court on Thursday.

'All 59 lakh mobile connections have been restored, all 93,247 landlines restored and 20,411 schools reopened. Banking services are fully functional,'Mr Mehta informed the Justice N V Ramana-led bench.

Under scrutiny is a batch of petitions challenging the information blockade in J-K after the August 5 abrogation of Article 370 which revoked the special status of the state and bifurcated it into two Union Territories.

Mehta told the bench, which also comprised Justices B R Gavai and Subhash Reddy, that stone pelting had also decreased. 'Curbs from 195 police stations have been removed. Since August 5, not one civilian death due to police firing has taken place. Internet service will be restored soon. Shops will be open throughout the day."

Attorney General KK Venugopal said Government has a broad picture of the past 70 years in which a large number of citizens had lost their lives in terrorist mayhem.

Ultras, the AG said, were pushed into India and funded by Inter Services Intelligence and another section was separatists.

Venugopal affirmed that in cases of preventive detention, the past records of persons are taken into account.

From intervenors side, Meenakshi Arora, told the apex court that there is no normalcy in J&K yet. "The imposition of information blockade in J&K is not in proper accordance and manner. The 100 day imposition is not the solution," counsel asserted.

Arguments and submissions would continue on November 25, Monday. (UNI)