Government ‘bans’ civilian traffic on Sunday, Wednesday to allow forces convoy on Srinagar-Jammu highway 

Government ‘bans’ civilian traffic on Sunday, Wednesday to allow forces convoy on Srinagar-Jammu highway 
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Jammu: The J&K government has banned civilian traffic for two days-Sunday and Wednesday-on Srinagar-Jammu highway and only government forces convoy will be allowed to proceed from 4am to 5pm for those days. 
Keeping in view the large movement of forces on the highway during the Parliamentary Elections and possibility of any fidayeen attack, the J&K government has notified these two days in a week for the movement of security forces from Srinagar to Jammu, a government spokesperson in a handout said. 
“To mitigate the inconvenience to the civilians by this move, the government has notified two dedicated days in a week i.e, (Sunday & Wednesday) exclusively for movement of security forces Convoys and there would be a complete ban on civilian traffic on the National Highway during these two days from 4 AM to 5 PM.
“This prohibition would be from Baramulla through Srinagar, Qazigund, Jawahar-Tunnel, Banihal and Ramban till Udhampur,” it said. 
The Government has, further decided that in the event of any requirement for local traffic movement for any emergency or for other purpose, the local administration and police would evolve necessary procedures for this as is done during curfew days. These restrictions would remain in force till May 31. 
It would be recalled that the Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, during his visit to Kashmir post Pulwama attack in February, 2019, had announced that no civilian traffic movement would be allowed during the convoy days. Besides, few days ago on 30th March, there was a possible fidayeen attack on another security force convoy at Banihal.