Sec 144 imposed in J&K; schools, colleges closed

Straight Line News Network

Jammu, Nov 8: Prohibitory orders under Section 144 for an indefinite period have been imposed and top brass of civil and police administration upon deliberation ordered closure of all educational institutions as precautionary measure in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir over Supreme Court’s verdict that is scheduled today in a politically sensitive case of Ram Janambhoomi- Babri Masjid land dispute at Ayodhya.

Rapid Action Force (RAF) and para-military forces, which were already camping in the Union Territory since August 5 following scrapping of special Constitutional provisions and bifurcation of the erstwhile State into two UTs of J&K and Ladakh, have been deployed outside all vulnerable areas including religious places.

Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam and Director General of Police (DGP) Dilbag Singh held emergency meetings with top brass of civil and police administration respectively and ordered enforcement of strict security arrangements in place to ensure that law and order situation is not disturbed.

Divisional Commissioner Jammu Sanjeev Verma said that prohibitory orders effective from midnight on November 8 have been imposed in entire Jammu province for an indefinite period while all educational institutions (both schools and colleges) will remain closed tomorrow.

Saturday has been declared as a dry day, the Divisional Commissioner said.

Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Baseer Khan said that similar restrictions under Section 144 have also been imposed in the entire Valley where schools and colleges will too remain closed and exams stand postponed.

The apex court is likely to pronounce judgment at 10:30 am.

A notice regarding the pronouncement of judgment by a Constitution bench, headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, was uploaded on the official website of the Supreme Court late today evening.

Other members of the bench are Justices S A Bobde, D Y Chandrachud, Ashok Bhushan and S Abdul Nazeer.

The bench on October 16 had reserved the judgment after marathon hearing of 40 days.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the judgment “will not be a victory or defeat” for anyone.

In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister appealed to the people that the priority should be to strengthen India’s tradition of maintaining peace and harmony after the verdict is pronounced tomorrow.