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SC finds death, terror, violence from 1990 ‘formidable reasons’ for J&K lockdown (Relevant for GS Mains Paper II; Polity & Governance)

The Attorney General K.K. Venugopal told a Bench led by Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi that since 1990, 41,866 persons have lost their lives in 71,038 terror incidents. This included 14,038 civilians; 5,292 security personnel and 22,536 terrorists.

Response of Supreme Court
1. The Supreme Court found the government’s statistics of thousands of instances of death, terror and violence in Jammu and Kashmir from 1990 as “formidable reasons” leading to the August 5, 2019 lockdown that followed the withdrawal of the special rights and privileges of Kashmiri people with the reading down of Article 370.

2. The government was also asked to restore normalcy, keeping in mind national security.

3. The court asked petitioners like Kashmir Times editor Anuradha Bhasin to approach the Jammu and Kashmir High Court with “local” problems like lack of Internet and mobile connectivity.

Source : The Hindu



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