The Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday said that the governor’s administration has urged the Supreme Court to adjourn the hearing on Article 35 (A) and asked the people not to pay heed to rumours.
“The response of the security forces is guided solely by the need to counter both the impact and any further action that may be taken by terrorist groups who are still out to disrupt our country and its democratic processes,” said Governor Satya Pal Malik in a statement issued on Sunday.
The Governor appealed to people not to believe in rumours. According to the governor, rumours are unnecessarily creating an atmosphere of fear in the minds of people, leading to stress and disruption of normal life.
Responding to a question on whether there was a change in the stand of the governor’s administration on the contentious issue, senior bureaucrat Rohit Kansal, the spokesperson of governor’s administration, said, “The stand of the state government on the request of deferment of hearing on Article 35A in the Supreme Court remains the same as requested by them on February 11.”
“Over the past few days several rumours have been circulated and panic messages disseminated. Most of these have been based on unsubstantiated or exaggerated pieces of information,” Kansal added.
The mobilisation of an additional 100 companies of paramilitary forces into the Valley and the arrest of several Jamaat-e-Islami and Hurriyat members has triggered panic in the valley.
The article, which was incorporated in the Constitution by a 1954 Presidential Order, accords special rights and privileges to the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir and bars people from outside the state from acquiring any immovable property in the state.