New Delhi, Jan 10: In the wake of Supreme Court order, the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) on Friday demanded the Centre to remove all restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir, which was imposed after the abrogation of Article 370 on August 5, 2019.
"Fully restore internet services, lift section 144 and ensure the democratic rights of the people of Kashmir to freedom of speech and expression", the CPI(M) Polit Bureau said in a statement.
The Left party said the Supreme Court has made significant comments on the curbs on civil liberties in Jammu and Kashmir which "bely the false claims of normalcy that the Central Government has been peddling to the country and the world".
Taking on the government, the CPI(M) alleged that the former, on the eve of the judgment tried to reinforce the official claims by taking a group of foreign envoys on a farcical restricted tour to Jammu and Kashmir where they were allowed to see and hear only what the Government wanted them to, which is why none of them could meet the three former Chief Ministers still in jail.
"When five months after the lockdown, political leaders, MPs and parties representing the people of this country are virtually banned from visiting Kashmir, such a tour is insulting to India's parliament", the CPI(M) charged. (UNI)