Omar calls it ‘mindless’ decision

Omar calls it ‘mindless’ decision
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Srinagar, Apr 7: The ban on movement of civilian traffic on the highway from Baramulla to Udhampur for two days a week came into force on Sunday causing inconvenience to the public.
The move has drawn flak from various sections of the society.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah described the ban as ‘mindless’.
“Driving to Uri I’m getting to see firsthand the extent of disruption & inconvenience that is being caused to people because of the mindless highway closure order that is in place today,” Omar said on Twitter.
A senior journalist wrote on social media that people going to attend the election rallies have also been stopped from travelling on the highway.
“Scenes & videos from the Highway in #Kashmir are a reality check at a time when government is conducting #elections. Some people going to rallies in north #Kashmir also stopped. First day of weekly two day travel ban on #Highway (Sun & Wed) for movement of convoys of troopers,” he wrote.
Another senior journalist, who also posted a video, said that the common people are sandwiched between devil and the deep sea.
“It’s a unofficial marathon for ppl who want to reach there destinations using national highway today …really feel for my ppl, for the common man…sandwiched between the devil and the deep blue sea, …,” he wrote and posted a video.
To facilitate the movement of security convoys for the parliamentary polls starting April 11, the government has banned civilian traffic twice a week (from 4 am to 5 pm on Sunday and Wednesday) on a 270-km stretch of the highway from Udhampur in Jammu to Baramulla in Kashmir.
The order shall remain in force till May 31.