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Speculations In Valley After J&K Govt’s Orders To Stock LPG & Acquire Schools For Soldiers

Similar orders were issued by the government before the IAF strikes on Jaish-e-Muhammad complex at Balakot in Pakistan on February 26. 

Srinagar| The Jammu and Kashmir government’s orders to stock  LPG cylinders and vacate school buildings for armed forces in the Ganderbal district, which connects Kashmir to Kargil, has created speculations and concerns amongst people in the valley.

Many voiced their concerns after the communication by the Director, Food Civil Supplies & Consumers Affairs Department in Kashmir asking oil companies to stock up on LPG cylinders.

The food department, however, has claimed that the order was issued to prevent a shortfall of “essential commodities” and maintained “some people are spreading false information regarding communication with respect to the LPG stock in Kashmir valley.” The order, according to the government, was issued in light of “closure of the National Highway on account of landslides”.

Similar orders were issued by the government before the IAF strikes on Jaish-e-Muhammad complex at Balakot in Pakistan on February 26.

Superintendent of Police, Ganderbal, in an another order, has requested 16 educational institutes in the district, including ITI buildings, middle and higher secondary schools be vacated.

The order said: “In view of the Shri Amarnath Ji Yatra-2020, these educational centres will be made available for the accommodation of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) companies.”

The order comes at a time when the threat of closure of the Srinagar-Jammu highway is less likely due to fair weather. The stocking of essential supplies is usually done before winters. Even the Amarnath Yatra this year will not be a full-fledged affair considering the coronavirus pandemic. Many yatris travelling to Amarnath move from Jammu to Kashmir daily.

Considering the tensions at the LAC with China, many are speculating that something unpleasant is about to happen.

In a violent clash between Indian and Chinese troops in Galwan valley region of eastern Ladakh, 20 Indian soldiers had to lose their lives. Reportedly, there have been several encroachments by the Chinese side in Indian territory in Galwan, Depsang and Pangong Tso lake.

 

 

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