The panicky situation in Kashmir valley is in no way beneficial to anyone. Rumour mills feed on such situations. What has added to the gravity of situation and lend credence to some of the rumours are advisories issued by the home department itself. Not only an atmosphere of panic and apprehension was created among the local populace but the tourists in valley have gone into tizzy. Hotels are being vacated and the tourists and Yatris who have been asked by the government to curtail their stay in valley were seen helter skelter.
The massive build-up of security forces, the curtailment in stay of Yatris and tourists, have created an atmosphere of the heightened insecurity and fear. From the possibilities of delimitation defreeze to repeal of Article 35-A to abrogation of Article 370, locals were seen guessing all the day across the Kashmir valley.
Huge rush in ATMS, Petrol Pumps and Grocery stores was unprecedented. Although the Kashmiri people have witnessed worst phases in 2008, 2010 and 2016 but there is a vast difference between those situations and the present day tumultuous condition mostly ignited by the official advisories.
It will be in the interest of the nation not to push the whole population of Kashmir into an unprecedented chaotic condition. This will not only deteriorate the law and order situation but can have unwarranted implications.