SRINAGAR: Kashmir remained shut for the 12th consecutive day on Friday.
According to the official report, restrictions on the movement of people have been eased in most parts of the Valley and the situation has remained peaceful.
Meanwhile, the deployment of security forces on the ground remains as earlier and people were allowed to move around the city and other towns.
The state administration has directed government employees to report at work from Friday through a radio announcement. However, the communication clampdown continues as all telephone and Internet services remained suspended.
While schools are closed for the past two weeks, shops and other business establishments too remained shut since August 5.
According to the official report, the situation in the Valley was being monitored on a real-time basis and the decision to remove the forces would depend on the ground situation.
Kashmir was placed an under a total clampdown on August 5, hours before Union Home Minister Amit Shah announced in the Rajya Sabha that the special status for the state had been revoked.
On August 5, the government had revoked some provisions of Article 370 to take away Jammu and Kashmir's special status and brought in a bill for splitting the state into two Union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah later withdrew the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (2nd Amendment) Bill, 2019, in Lok Sabha, saying that the clauses incorporated in the legislation will automatically come into effect in the two new Union Territories.
On August 6, the Parliament had approved a resolution abrogating special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and a bill for splitting the state into two Union Territories.
With inputs from PTI
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