Srinagar, Aug 27 : Clashes between stone pelting protesters and the security forces erupted in Anantnag district and other places in Jammu and Kashmir on Monday over the fake news circulated by some media sections that Supreme Court has scrapped Article 35A .
Authorities on Monday imposed a shutdown in Srinagar and some other parts of the Kashmir Valley following rumours that the Supreme Court has scrapped Article 35A.
Jammu and Kashmir Police issued a statement, saying: “Some sections of the media have circulated news regarding scrapping of the Article 35A. The news has been refuted as baseless. People are requested to maintain calm and not to pay heed to these rumours.”As a precaution, shops, public transport and other businesses were shut.
Petitions challenging Article 35A which gives powers to the state legislature to define permanent residents of Jammu and Kashmir and their privileges, has been listed for hearing by the Supreme Court on Friday.
Reports from Delhi said a fresh petition seeking scrapping of the Article is being filed in the apex court on Monday which fuelled the rumours.
Governor Satya Pal Malik has engaged Additional Solicitor General Tushar Mehra to defend the Article.
Authorities have decreased the speed of mobile internet across the Valley.
Separtists have called for a general shutdown on Friday and Saturday to highlight the public support for the Article.
Police and paramilitary personnel has been deployed in strength and check posts set up to prevent protesters from gathering in large numbers. Shops, businesses, markets and transport services remained shut. Rallies in favour of Article 35A were held in Ramban, Doda and Kishtwar district
More than 1,600 police personnel have been killed fighting terrorists since 1990.
Article 35A was incorporated into the Constitution in 1954 by an order of the then President Rajendra Prasad on the advice of the Jawaharlal Nehru Cabinet.
Article 35A is a provision incorporated in the Constitution giving the Jammu and Kashmir Legislature a carte blanche to decide who all are ‘permanent residents’ of the State and confer on them special rights and privileges in public sector jobs, acquisition of property in the State, scholarships and other public aid and welfare.
Meanwhile, National Conference patron Farooq Abdullah also called for “united fight against the attempts to abrogate Article 35A”.
“Jammu or Kashmir or Ladakh have to come together over the issue,” said Mr. Abdullah, who met a civil society group, ‘We the people of J&K’, which is spearheading a campaign against the revocation, on Wednesday.
Abdullah said he hoped that the Hurriyat leaders too would “listen to the civil society members”. “There is need for an organised movement,” said Dr. Abdullah.
In 2014, a little-known NGO approached the Supreme Court challenging Article 35A on the grounds that it was illegally added to the Constitution as it was never floated before Parliament. In July 2017, Supreme Court lawyer Charu Wali Khanna also challenged Article 35A on the grounds that it was discriminatory towards women