IPS VIJAY KUMAR, DINESHWAR SHARMA TOP CONTENDERS FOR POST OF J&K L-G

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New Delhi: IPS Vijay Kumar likely to be the first lieutenant governor of J&K Union Territory, according to the resources.

Restrictions have been eased in the Kashmir Valley to allow people to offer Friday prayers in local mosques as security forces were put on high alert in an apparent move to prevent possible protests.

Dilbag Singh, director general of police for jammu and Kashmir, as saying that people will not be allowed to venture out of their neighbourhood. At the Srinagar airport, CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury and CPI leader D Raja were detained and denied entry into the city.

“They showed us a legal order which did not allow any entry into Srinagar. It stated that even escorted movement into the city was not permitted due to security reasons. We are still trying to negotiate with them,” Yechury said.

Security forces have been put on high alert across the Kashmir Valley preempting possible protests against the scrapping of special status to Jammu and Kashmir and dividing it into two Union Territories. The decision was taken as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order, a day after restrictions in some parts of the civil lines areas of the city and Dal Lake were relaxed to allow free movement of people, officials said.

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