Jammu and Kashmir normal, no deaths reported: Chief Secretary Subrahmanyam

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam on Friday said that not a single death was reported in the state despite efforts by Pakistan to destabilise the situation after the Centre’s decision to impose restrictions in the wake of scrapping of Article 370. BVR Subrahmanyam addressed the media to announce that phone lines and other communication restrictions in the Kashmir valley will be eased out in phases, starting Friday night itself.

The J&K Chief Secretary said that the situation in the state is completely normal and schools and colleges will be opened after the weekend area by area.

Subrahmanyam further informed that the public transport will be made operational and the government offices have started functioning from today itself. The J&K top official said this while addressing a press briefing in Srinagar during which he said that the telecom connectivity will be gradually eased and restored in a phased manner.

”Schools will be opened after the weekend area by area. Movement of public transport will be made operational. Government offices are functional from today. Telecom connectivity will be gradually eased and restored in a phased manner,” J&K Chief Secretary said.

”Some telephone connections in Kashmir will be restored from Friday night, including in the main city of Srinagar,” he added after several days of communications shutdown.