TDN World desk: Union Home Minister, Amit Shah on Wednesday, responding to questions posed by many Rajya Sabha members including Congress leader and former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Azad, on the issue of restrictions, and the state of health and education in Jammu and Kashmir, said the situation in Jammu and Kashmir was normal and internet services would be restored in the Valley “at an appropriate time”.
Shah told Parliament that not a single person has died due to police firing since August 5 since when centre scraped Article 370 of the Constitution, which conferred special status on Jammu and Kashmir.
“People in this house were predicting bloodshed but I am happy to inform that no one has died in police firing. Incidents of stone pelting have declined from 802 last year to 544 so far this year,” he said.
On Tuesday, the home ministry had also informed the Rajya Sabha that 765 people in Jammu and Kashmir since August 5 for their alleged involvement in stone-pelting incidents.
“There are activities by Pakistan too in Kashmir region, so keeping security in mind, whenever the local authority deems it fit, a decision will be taken [on resuming internet services],” Shah told Rajya Sabha.