Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir administration will completely lift the restriction imposed on civilian movement between Srinagar and Baramulla on NH-44, stated an official. However, the restrictions placed on the NH-44 connecting Srinagar and Udhampur will continue as earlier, said news agency ANI. Notably, a complete review of the restrictions on the NH would be done subsequently.

This two-day-a-week restriction was imposed on Wednesday and Sunday in order to facilitate the movement of security forces’ convoys. An official spokesman said, “The restriction on civilian movement between Srinagar and Baramulla on the NH-44 will be completely lifted with effect from May 2, 2019. There will be no prohibition on civilian traffic on this stretch on Sunday or Wednesday.”

This restriction was imposed last month by the state government on the civilian movement on the NH-44 connecting Jammu to Srinagar in order to minimise public inconvenience while ensuring maximum security to the security forces, added the spokesman.

The security forces are required for anti-militancy operations as well as for conducting general elections peacefully.  The spokesman noted that the government is monitoring the convoy needs of security forces on a real-time basis and making all attempts to minimise public inconvenience. He added, “The restriction will be reviewed periodically and relaxation would be made as the need for restriction reduces.”

Notably, the restriction became necessary following the movement of security forces on an unprecedented scale after the Pulwama terror attack. Besides, India had carried out the ‘non-military pre-emptive air strike’ to avenge the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed on February 14 in south Kashmir. The IAF strike was retaliated by Pakistan on February 27 with an attempt to target military installations in Nowshera and Poonch sectors of Jammu and Kashmir.

(With agency inputs)