Section 144 Withdrawn In Jammu

In what can be termed as a major relief to the people of Jammu ahead of the festival of Eid al-Adha, section 144 of the of CrPC, which prohibits assembly of more than four people, was lifted on Friday.

“The order dated August 5 issued under section 144 CrPC, within Municipal Limits of Jammu district is hereby withdrawn,” read the order issued by Sushma Chauhan, District Magistrate, Jammu.

As per the order, all schools, colleges and academic institutions that are closed can resume functioning normally from Saturday.

Additional Director General of Police, Law and Order, Muneer Khan said the situation is normal in Jammu as well as in Kashmir. “In Jammu, the situation is normal. In Kashmir, the situation is under control. All steps necessary to maintain law and order will be taken,” Khan said.

The district administration has also ordered to reopened schools. However, colleges will remain shut. “I want to inform the students that the teachers are also on their way to schools. There is nothing to worry,” an official said.

Neelu Sharma, Principal of Govt. Girls Higher Secondary School Udhampur, said: “As per order of Chief Education Officer and District administration, the school was reopened almost after five days. As section 144 was imposed, several roads were blocked by the security forces. Despite having troubles reaching school, almost all our staff members are present here.”

Sharma also added that students are so happy to be back in school after a break.

Echoing her opinion, several students have expressed their happiness over the district administration’s decision to reopen the schools in the state.

On August 5, the government had imposed restrictions under Section 144 Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) in Jammu and Srinagar districts, which is to remain in force till further orders.

Section 144 was imposed in the backdrop of the annulment of Article 370 and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two UTs–Jammu and Kashmir with legislative assembly and Ladakh without it. (ANI)

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