The Governor reiterated that the people need not panic and the induction of forces be seen only in the context of conducting elections. He appealed to the people to remain calm and not to believe in rumours of curfews.
Srinagar, February 24, 2019 ——
As panic gripped the Valley following the induction of 100 companies of central police forces and a few announcements by the state government, J&K governor Satya Pal Malik on Sunday appealed to the people to remain calm and not to believe in rumours. Malik reiterated that the people need not panic and the induction of forces be seen only in the context of conducting elections.
“Rumours about curfews and other actions should not be believed. There is some security related action being taken by the forces, but this is purely related to the Pulwama attack which is unprecedented one,” Malik he said.
“The response of 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,” the governor said while chairing an informal meeting of the State Administrative Council (SAC).
The state government had on Saturday ordered a slew of measures, including stocking of fuel, cancelling the winter vacation of the medical faculty and directing ration shops to complete the sale of foodgrains by evening, which had created panic among the locals.