Srinagar, Apr 3: The J&K administration
on Wednesday took the drastic decision of closing the National Highway right
from Udhampur to Baramulla for civilians for two days a week citing security
Keeping in view the large movement of
Security Forces on the national highway during the Parliamentary Elections and
associated possibility of any fidayeen attack on security forces’ convoys, the
State Government has notified specified days in a week for the movement of
forces from Srinagar to Jammu, read a government handout.
“During these days, no civilian traffic
would be allowed on National Highway. To mitigate the inconvenience to the
civilians by this move, the government has notified 2 dedicated days in a week
i.e, (Sunday & Wednesday) exclusively for movement of Security Forces
Convoys and there would be a complete ban on civilian traffic on the National
Highway during these two days from 4 AM to 5 PM. This prohibition would be from
Baramulla through Srinagar, Qazigund, Jawahar-Tunnel, Banihal and Ramban till
Udhampur,” the handout added.
The Government has, it said, further
decided that in the event of any requirement for local traffic movement for any
emergency or for other purpose, the local administration and police would
evolve necessary procedures for this as is done during curfew days. These
restrictions would remain in force till 31st May, 2019.
It would be recalled that the Union Home
Minister Rajnath Singh, during his visit to Kashmir post Pulwama militant
attack in February, 2019, had announced that no civilian traffic movement would
be allowed during the convoy days. Besides, few days ago on 30th March, there
was a possible fidayeen attack on another Security Force Convoy at Banihal.