CRPF personnel patrolling a street as Kashmir remain tensed. (Image Credit: ANI)
Amid the speculations of Article 370 being scrapped from Jammu and Kashmir, the government in a midnight move on Sunday placed several mainstream politicians, including former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, under house arrest. With Internet services snapped and local cable TV shut down, there is a strong buzz in the Valley that the Centre may be tinkering with special status of Kashmir. The latest developments have come in the backdrop of a massive troops build-up and an unprecedented advisory asking tourists and Hindu pilgrims to leave the state “as soon as possible”. While the central government remains tight-lipped about what is going to happen in Kashmir, we are keeping a track on all the developments taking place in the Valley. Stay with us.
Below are the live updates and latest developments on Kashmir situation:
10.41 pm: Army's Northern Command chief Lt Gen Ranbir Singh meets J-K Governor Satya Pal Malik, briefs him about security situation in state.
9.31 pm: This day will be marked in golden letters when Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution was revoked to restore the unity and integrity of India, and to connect Kashmir with the main development stream: BJP working president JP Nadda.
9.19 pm: A historic blunder, committed 70 years ago by members of the then constituent assembly that included leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru, has been finally corrected: Ram Madhav, BJP.
9.00 pm: Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria summoned by Pakistani Foreign Secretary after resolution to revoke Article 370 was passed in the Rajya Sabha today.
8.57 pm: Parliament building in Delhi illuminated after Modi government announced abrogation of Article 370 and 35A in the Rajya Sabha.
Parliament building in Delhi illuminated after Modi government announced abrogation of #Article370 and 35A in the Rajya Sabha.#JammuAndKashmir— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) August 5, 2019
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8.17 pm: Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dubbed Union Home Minister Amit Shah's speech in the Rajya Sabha "extensive and insightful". "It accurately highlighted the monumental injustices of the past and coherently presented our vision for the sisters and brothers of Jammu and Kashmir," Modi wrote.
Home Minister @AmitShah Ji’s speech in the Rajya Sabha was extensive and insightful. It accurately highlighted the monumental injustices of the past and coherently presented our vision for the sisters and brothers of J&K. Do hear. https://t.co/ho7PPzyz5w— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 5, 2019
8.00 pm: My political guru Ram Manohar Lohia ji was always against this Article. A mistake of history has been corrected today, albeit late, says Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi on Modi govt revoking Article 370.
7.50 pm: Moments after the passage of the J-K Reorganisational Bill, former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister and PDP chief Mehbooba Mufti has been detained: Reports
6.49 pm: The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019 passed by Rajya Sabha. Read Full Story Here
6.30 pm: Several MPs have asked how long will J-K remain a Union Territory - I want to assure them when situation gets normal and the right time comes, we are ready to make Jammu and Kashmir a state again. It may take a little longer, but it will become a state once again, one day: Amit Shah.
...when situation gets normal and the right time comes, we are ready to make J-K a state again. It may take a little longer, but it will become a state once again, one day, says Amit Shah#OneIndiaUnitedIndia#Article370— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) August 5, 2019
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6.27 pm: Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019, passed in Rajya Sabha. This Bill is to implement 10 per cent Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota in Jammu and Kashmir.
6.19 pm: Everyone accepts that 370 is a temporary provision, but can temporary continue for 70 years, when will it go, how will it go? asks Amit Shah in the Upper House.
6.13 pm: You stand here in Parliament and say bloodshed will happen in Kashmir..what message are you sending to the valley? Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha.
6.07 pm: Ghulam Nabi Azad said inter-state marriages are taking place. If a J-K girl marries a man from Odisha, will she and her child get any rights in J-K? Asks Home Minister Shah.
6.00 pm: Those supporting 35A please tell me which famous doctor will go and live there and practice? He can't own land or house nor his children can vote: Amit Shah.
Those supporting 35A please tell me which famous doctor will go and live there and practice? He can't own land or house nor his children can vote: Amit Shah#OneIndiaUnitedIndia— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) August 5, 2019
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5.52 pm: We don't believe in politics of religion, what votebank politics? Only Muslims live in Kashmir? What do you want to say? Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists all live there. If 370 is good it is good for all, if it is bad then it is bad for all, says Shah.
5.48 pm: Home Minister has assured that discussion on the resolution (to revoke Article 370) will be held tomorrow and he will answer all the questions. So there is no reason to walk out of the house: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha.
5.43 pm: I want to tell the people of Jammu and Kashmir what damage 370 and 35A did to the state. It's because of these sections that democracy was never fully implemented, corruption increased in the state, that no development could take place: Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha.
5.42 pm: Home Minister Amit Shah speaks in Rajya Sabha on Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill, 2019.
5.38 pm: From 11 am this morning, we've been seeing procedural harakiri. We can't see this anymore, the constitutional immorality: Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien.
5.37 pm: Trinamool Congress walks out from Rajya Sabha in protest against the Jammu and Kashmir (Reorganisation) Bill.
#BREAKING | Trinamool Congress MPs stage walkout in Rajya Sabha amid debate over revocation of Article 370#OneIndiaUnitedIndia— News Nation (@NewsNationTV) August 5, 2019
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5.30 pm: Home Minister Amit Shah tables the Constitution (application to Jammu and Kashmir) Order 2019 in Lok Sabha.
4.46 pm: It is something the country has been waiting for the last 70 years. Even our manifesto mentioned the need to abrogate Article 370, so it is not something we brought out suddenly like a rabbit from a magic hat: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Rajya Sabha.
4.44 pm: BJP workers celebrate in Leh after Union Government passes a resolution to revoke Article 370 and Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir be made Union Territories.
4.41 pm: Today we should think about why we are here and what should democracy involve. I know Bill will be passed as you have manufactured a majority, therefore, we can do nothing about it. While you call this a historic moment, only history will judge whether it was historic or not: Kapil Sibal, Congress.
Kapil Sibal: Today we should think about why we're here&what should democracy involve. I know Bill will be passed as you have manufactured a majority,therefore,we can do nothing about it.While you call this a historic moment,only history will judge whether it was historic or not. pic.twitter.com/5d6PQqVOXI— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2019
4.38 pm: Scrapping Article 370 unilaterally like this, without consultation with Kashmiri people, political parties or without taking it through Parliament, is against the very essence of the Constitution: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh.
4.35 pm: Momentarily you may think you have scored a victory, but you are wrong and history will prove you to be wrong. Future generations will realize what a grave mistake this house is making today: Congress leader P Chidambaram on Article 370 in Rajya Sabha.
4.33 pm: Nationalist Congress Party MP Vandana Chavan in Rajya Sabha: The NCP will abstain from voting on this bill.
4.32 pm: Article 370 revocation 'bold step' towards strengthening national integration, says LK Advani. Read Full Story Here
3.47 pm: Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu extends support to the Centre in its move to scrap Article 370 in the Valley. "Telugu Desam Party supports the Union Govt as it seeks to repeal Article 370. I pray for the peace and prosperity of the people of Jammu and Kashmir," Naidu tweeted.
Telugu Desam Party supports the Union Govt as it seeks to repeal Article 370. I pray for the peace and prosperity of the people of J&K.#Article370— N Chandrababu Naidu (@ncbn) August 5, 2019
3.10 pm: NSA Ajit Doval is expected to visit Kashmir valley today along with other senior security officials to review the situation on ground. NSA Doval had earlier visited Srinagar in last week of July before the implementation of decision to revoke Article 370.
3.00 pm: Ghulam Nabi Azad,Congress in Rajya Sabha: Shameful that you have turned J&K into a non entity by making a Lt Governor there, so that you can appoint even a peon or a clerk, sitting here (Delhi).
2.40 pm: Pakistan Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement on Article 370: As the party to this international dispute, Pakistan will exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps. Pakistan reaffirms its abiding commitment to the Kashmir cause.
2.20 pm: Ghulam Nabi Azad, Congress: A border state, which is culturally, geographically, historically&politically different was bound together by Article 370. Drunk in power&to get votes, BJP govt scrapped 3-4 things. They've cut off head of the country. Political parties will fight and stand with J&K.
2.10 pm: MK Stalin, DMK President: Without consulting people of Jammu and Kashmir, Article 370 has been taken away. Democracy has been murdered. AIADMK is also supporting the decision which is condemnable.
2 pm: TK Rangarajan, CPI(M) in Rajya Sabha: It's black day.Indian constitution has been raped by BJP govt. You didn't consult people of J&K-Ladakh. You dissolved Assembly,you don't want to hold any election. You've taken another 35000 Army people there. You're creating another Palestine.
1.25 pm: AGP supports scrapping Article 370, 35A.
1.20 pm: MDMK leader Vaiko in Rajya Sabha: You have played with the sentiments of people of Kashmir. When additional army personnel were deployed there, I was worried. Kashmir should not become Kosovo, East Timor and South Sudan.
1.15 pm: Arvind Kejriwal supports scrapping Article 370, 35A.
1.10 pm: BPF supports Article 370, 35A supports scrapping Article 370, 35A.
1 pm: Indian Army and Indian Air Force have been put on high alert, following revoking of Article 370 and other decisions announced by Government of India.
12.50 pm: Shiv Sena supports scrapping Article 370, 35A.
12.45 pm: A Navaneethakrishnan, AIADMK MP in Rajya Sabha: Amma is well known for upholding sovereignty and integrity. So AIADMK party supports the two resolutions, Reorganisation Bill & the Reservation Bill.
12.40 pm: Close to 8,000 paramilitary troops airlifted and moved in from Uttar Pradesh, Odisha, Assam and other parts of the country to the Kashmir valley. Troops induction still going on.
12.25 pm: Under the umbrella of Article 370 three families looted J&K for yrs. Leader of Opposition (GN Azad) said Article 370 connected J-K to India, it's not true. Maharaja Hari Singh signed J&K Instrument of Accession on 27 Oct 1947, Article 370 came in 1954: Amit Shah.
12.20 pm: Copy of the Indian Constitution torn in Rajya Sabha today by PDP MP Mir Mohammad Fayaz. Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu directed him to leave the House after this incident.
12.15 pm: HM Amit Shah: This is not the first time, Congress in 1952 and 1962 amended article 370 through similar process. So instead of protesting please let me speak and have a discussion, all your doubts and misunderstandings will be cleared, I am ready to answer all your questions.
12.15 pm: Satish Chandra Mishra, BSP MP, in Rajya Sabha: Our party gives complete support. We want that the Bill be passed. Our party is not expressing any opposition to Article 370 Bill and the other Bill.
12.10 pm: PM Modi to address nation today.
12 pm: HM Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha: Under the umbrella of Article 370 three families looted J&K for yrs. Leader of Opposition (GN Azad) said Article 370 connected J&K to India, it's not true. Maharaja Hari Singh signed J&K Instrument of Accession on 27 Oct 1947, Article 370 came in 1954.
11.50 am: According to Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu, PDP's Mir Fayaz and Nazir Ahmed Laway were asked to go out of the house(Rajya Sabha) after they attempted to tear the constitution.
11.50 am: PM Modi to address nation on August 7, say sources.
11.50 am: PM Modi calls for All Party meet over recent decisions.
11.45 am: Jammu and Kashmir to be a union territory with legislature and Ladakh to be union territory without legislature.
11.45 am: Mehbooba Mufti reacts: Today marks the darkest day in Indian democracy. Decision of J&K leadership to reject 2 nation theory in 1947 & align with India has backfired. Unilateral decision of GOI to scrap Article 370 is illegal & unconstitutional which will make India an occupational force in J&K.
It will have catastrophic consequences for the subcontinent. GOIs intentions are clear. They want the territory of J&K by terrorising it’s people. India has failed Kashmir in keeping its promises.
11.40 am: Amit Shah proposes Ladakh to be Union Territory with no legislature.
11.40 am: Jammu and Kashmir to be a Union Territory with legislature, says Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha.
11.35 am: Article 35A scrapped from Jammu and Kashmir after President Kovind's nod.
11.30 am: Uproar in Rajya Sabha over Amit Shah's proposal.
11.25 am: Article 35A to be withdrawn from Jammu and Kashmir, says Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha.
11.20 am: Government proposes to abrogate Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir: Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha
11. 15: Ghulam Nabi Azad,Congress in Rajya Sabha: Entire valley is under curfew, political leaders including three former chief ministers are under house arrest. There is a war like situation in the state, so this should be discussed on priority.
11.15 am: Ready for any discussion on Kashmir, says Amit Shah.
11.15 am: There is a clampdown in Kashmir. Former chief ministers are under house arrest, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad attacks Amit Shah.
11.10 am: Government silence on J-K 'criminal', say PDP Rajya Sabha MPs
The government’s silence on Jammu and Kashmir is “criminal”, PDP MPs Nazir Ahmad Laway and Mir Mohammad Fayaz said as they appealed to opposition parties for support in demanding an explanation from the government on the Kashmir issue.
In a letter written to opposition members, the MPs said that they wanted to highlight the plight of common citizens of the state.
“There is a situation of chaos and uncertainty all around. People do not know what is cooking between the top brasses of the present government vis-a-vis the Kashmir issue.
“Over the past few days we have seen some of the most irresponsible speculation regarding Kashmir, be it revocation of Article 35A, Article 370 or trifurcation of the state. Yet the truthfulness of these statements cannot be ruled out owing to the criminal silence of the central government over the same. We would like to reinforce that the Kashmir issue is a political issue and needs to be addressed politically,” they said in the letter dated August 4.
11 am: Proceedings begin in Rajya Sabha. Union Home Minister Amit Shah to speak shortly.
10.52 am: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh leaves from 7 Lok Kalyan Marg. A Union Cabinet meeting was held here, this morning.
10.47 am: Army chief's visit to Jaisalmer called off amid Kashmir turmoil.
10.45 am: Congress leaders Anand Sharma, Ghulam Nabi Azad and Ahmed Patel meet at the Parliament premises.
10.45 am: There will be no press briefing after the conclusion of Union Cabinet meeting at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg. Union Home Minister Amit Shah to make a statement in Rajya Sabha.
10.40 am: Schools reopened normally today in Leh, classes resuming in colleges and other educational institutions too.
10.36 am: Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) leader NK Premchandran and CPI(M) leader AM Arif have given Adjournment Motion notice in Lok Sabha over Kashmir issue.
10.35 am: Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrives at the Parliament.
10.32 am: DMK MP, TR Baalu has given Adjournment Motion notice in Lok Sabha over Kashmir issue.
10.25 am: Union Home Minister Amit Shah reaches Parliament.
10.20 am: Union Home Minister Amit Shah leaves from 7 Lok Kalyan Marg after the Union Cabinet meeting concludes.
10.17 am: Union Cabinet meeting at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg concludes.
10.15 am: Union Home Minister Amit Shah will speak in Rajya Sabha at 11 am and in Lok Sabha at 12 pm today.
10.10 am: A meeting of Congress MPs in Lok Sabha will be held at 10.30 am in Parliament today.
10.10 am: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Manoj Jha has given notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267, demand suspension of business today and discussion over Kashmir issue.
10.10 am: Kashmir action shifts to Parliament, BJP issues whip, Rajya Sabha delays ‘Zero Hour’: Reports
10.06 am: PDP's Rajya Sabha MPs Nazir Ahmad Laway and Mir Mohammad Fayaz protest in Parliament premises over the situation in Kashmir.
10.05 am: Communist Party of India (CPI) MP Binoy Viswam has given notice in Rajya Sabha, under rule 267, for suspension of the business today, over Kashmir issue.
10.05 am: Whip issued to all BJP members for the urgent issue- announcement in an hour: Reports
10 am: PDP's Rajya Sabha MPs Nazir Ahmad Laway and Mir Mohammad Fayaz don black bands before entering the Parliament, as a mark of protest against the situation in Kashmir.
10 am: AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over Kashmir issue.
9.55 am: Opposition leaders in Rajya Sabha to meet at 10 am today in leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Ghulam Nabi Azad's chamber, inside Parliament. Kashmir issue will be taken up in the meeting.
9.52 am: Congress MPs Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Ambika Soni, and Bhubaneswar Kalita have given Adjournment Motion notice in Rajya Sabha, over Kashmir issue.
9.50 am: People's Democratic Party (PDP)'s Rajya Sabha MP, Nazir Ahmad Laway has given Zero Hour notice in the House over Kashmir issue.
9.45 am: What is Article 35A? All you need to know about Jammu and Kashmir’s special status
9.40 am: As the fog of mystery thickens over current Kashmir situation, former Union Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram has said that the Narendra Modi government has disembarked on a ‘misadventure’. Chidambaram took to Twitter to slam the Centre for its opaque operations and midnight drama that saw major political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir put under house arrest. “I had warned of a misadventure in J&K. It seems the government is determined to embark upon one. The house arrest of J&K leaders is a signal that the government will defy all democratic norms and principles to achieve its objects. I condemn the house arrests. Before the day is over we will know if there will be a major crisis in J&K. Keeping my fingers crossed, the senior Congress leader said on the micro-blogging site.
9.30 am: Union Cabinet meet to begin shortly.
9.25 am: Meeting underway between PM Modi, Amit Shah at Prime Minister's residence.
Jammu & Kashmir: Security tightened in Srinagar in view of the imposition of section 144 CrPC from midnight 5th August. pic.twitter.com/qErNGidUDi— ANI (@ANI) August 5, 2019
9 am: Schools to reopen normally today in Ladakh region after summer vacations, classes to resume normally in colleges and other educational institutions too. Restrictions under Section 144 CrPC have not been imposed in the region.
8.30 am: Srinagar airport functioning normally.
8 am: Expressing solidarity with Omar Abdullah who was placed under house arrest on Sunday, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said that that their voices in Parliament would not be stilled. Taking to Twitter, Tharoor wrote, "You are not alone Omar Abdullah. Every Indian democrat will stand with the decent mainstream leaders in Kashmir as you face up to whatever the government has in store for our country. Parliament is still in session and our voices will not be stilled," he tweeted.
#7.30 am: The Union cabinet will meet at the official residence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi at 9.30 am today.
#7 am: Restrictions imposed in Jammu
Security tightened in Jammu in view of the imposition of section 144 from 6 am, today.
#02:30 am: Union Cabinet meeting at PM Modi's residence today: The Union cabinet will meet at the official residence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today morning amid rising tensions in Jammu and Kashmir.
#02:20 am: Sushma Chauhan, District Magistrate, Jammu: Section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to be imposed in Jammu from 6 am, 5th August, till further orders.
#01:50 am: Security beefed up in Kashmir: Additional paramilitary forces, which arrived in Kashmir in the past few days, have been deployed across the city and in other vulnerable areas of the valley, the officials said. The strength of the security personnel has been increased around vital installations such as the civil secretariat, police headquarters, airport and various central government establishments in the city, they said. Barricades have been erected on many arterial roads, including the entry and exit points to Srinagar, the summer capital of the state. Riot control vehicles have also been kept on standby in some areas where apprehension of law and order disturbances is more, the officials added.
#01:30 am: Our fears were not misplaced, says Mufti after house arrest: "Hope those who accused us of rumour mongering realise that our fears weren’t misplaced. Leaders under house arrest, broadband services suspended & section 144 enforced isn’t normal by any standard."
#01:10 am: Omar Abdullah says he is concerned about Pir Panchal & Chenab Valley regions: I’m especially concerned about the people living in the Pir Panchal & Chenab Valley regions. These areas have been very susceptible to attempts at communal violence. I hope the Govt has taken adequate precautions to ensure no communal trouble breaks out.
#12:55 am: Vinay Thusoo, University of Jammu Spokesperson: University shall remain closed on 5th August 2019. All Under Graduate and Post Graduate examinations to be held on 5th August, 2019 stand postponed. Fresh dates shall be notified later on.
#12:35 am: Congress questions Kashmiri leaders' house arrest: "What is going on in J&K? Why would leaders be arrested overnight while having done no wrong? If Kashmiris are our citizens &their leaders our partners, surely the mainstream ones must be kept on board while we act against terrorists & separatists? If we alienate them, who's left?" he said in another tweet.
#12:30 am: Shashi Tharoor extends support to Omar Abdullah: Responding to Abdullah's tweet, Congress leader Shashi Tharoor said, "You are not alone @OmarAbdullah. Every Indian democrat will stand with the decent mainstream leaders in Kashmir as you face up to whatever the government has in store for our country. Parliament is still in session & our voices will not be stilled."
#12:10 am: Schools and colleges in Jammu to remain closed on Monday: The Jammu district administration asked authorities of schools and colleges to remain closed on Monday as a precautionary measure, officials said. "All schools, colleges and academic institutions, both private and government, are advised to remain closed as a measure of caution," Deputy Commissioner of Jammu Sushma Chauhan said on Sunday night.
#11:30 pm: Section-144 imposed across Srinagar, no public movement allowed: Authorities of the Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday night imposed the Section-144 of the Criminal Procedure Code, which prohibits gathering of more than four people at a time. An advisory by the Jammu and Kashmir government said "there shall be no movement of public and all educational institutions shall also remain closed". It added that there will be a complete bar on holding any kind of public meetings or rallies during the period of operation of this order.
#11:25 pm: Mehbooba Mufti placed under house arrest: "How ironic that elected representatives like us who fought for peace are under house arrest. The world watches as people & their voices are being muzzled in J&K. The same Kashmir that chose a secular democratic India is facing oppression of unimaginable magnitude. Wake up India," she said.
#11:20 pm: Omar Abdullah under house arrest: "I believe I’m being placed under house arrest from midnight tonight & the process has already started for other mainstream leaders. No way of knowing if this is true but if it is then I’ll see all of you on the other side of whatever is in store. Allah save us," he tweeted just before being put under house arrest.
#11:10 pm: Mehbooba Mufti hints curfew is being imposed: "Hearing reports about internet being snapped soon including cellular coverage. Curfew passes being issued too. God knows what awaits us tomorrow. It’s going to be a long night," she tweeted.
#11:05 pm: Omar Abdullah says he is being placed under house arrest: Former Jammu and Kashmir CM and National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah says that state government officers told him that he will be placed under house arrest soon and internet services will be also be snapped.
If officers in the state government are to be believed mobile internet is going down now, an unofficial curfew is going to start & mainstream leaders are going to be detained. No idea who to believe & where this is heading.— Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) August 4, 2019
#11:00 pm: Kashmir Crisis - What we know so far (and what we don’t): It all started with the two-day Kashmir visit of National Security Advisor Ajit Doval last month. Soon after Dhoval returned to Delhi, the Centre decided to move 10,000 troops of the paramilitary forces to Jammu and Kashmir. It was said that the decision to send additional troops was taken to strengthen anti-terrorist operations in the Valley. However, the real panic started when..... click here to read more.