Lockdown of Kashmir valley continues on 27th day

Srinagar, August 31 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, over 4,500 persons among total over 10,000 arrested have been booked under draconian law, Public Safety Act, since repeal of special status of the territory by the Indian government on 5th August.

Those detained under PSA include Hurriyat leaders, political workers, traders, lawyers, social activists and youth. Principal Secretary of occupied Kashmir, Rohit Kansal, confirmed to media that over 4,500 people have been arrested under the PSA. The law allows the authorities to keep anyone under detention for up to two years without trial.

Some officials confirmed to media men that among those arrested under PSA are the All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chief Spokesman, Ghulam Ahmed Gulzar, High Court Bar Association President Mian Abdul Qayoom, trade leader Mubin Shah, and Indian Administrative Service officer-turned politician, Shah Faesal. The officials also said that many of those detained had been flown out of occupied Kashmir to various Indian jails because the prisons within the occupied territory had run out of capacity due to massive crackdown. »

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Birmingham, August 31 (KMS): The residents of Birmingham expressed solidarity with the people of Kashmir by participating in the ‘Free Kashmir March’ held outside Birmingham City Council House.

Hundreds of people from all walks of life gathered to express solidarity with the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir. The protesters marched towards the Indian Consulate, Birmingham, raising slogans against the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and Indian forces’ personnel who are brutally killing innocent people in the occupied territory. »

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New Delhi, August 31 (KMS): India’s Enforcement Directorate has slapped Rs 62 lakh penalty on illegally detained Kashmiri businessman, Zahoor Ahmed Watali, in a false case registered against him.

The ED in a statement issued in New Delhi said, the case pertains to Zahoor Watali violating Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) by ‘illegally’ opening non-resident savings accounts in a HSBC bank branch, Greater Kailash-I, New Delhi, by “faking” his non-resident Indian (NRI) status.

The probe agency has issued a final show-cause notice and imposed penalty to the extent of Rs 62 lakh, the statement said.

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London, August 31 (KMS): The members of Organisation of Kashmir Coalition (OKC) have drawn the attention of the British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, towards the Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir.

The OKC members, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, Mohammed Saleem, Shaista Safi and Nazar Lodhi in a letter submitted to the office of UK Prime Minister, said August 5 is a black day in the constitutional history of India as it repealed Articles 370 and 35A of its constitution which gave special status to Kashmir and its residents. »

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New Delhi, August 31 (KMS): A top cardiologist was summoned by India’s infamous National Investigation Agency (NIA) for his SMS exchanges with one of his patients and incarcerated Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, about blood test results.

The NIA questioned Upendra Kaul, a prominent Delhi-based cardiologist and Chairman of the Batra Hospital, for half an hour on Friday.

Dr Kaul said that his SMS exchange with Muhammad Yasin Malik drew the attention of investigators and they mistook the blood report value for “hawala money”.

One of the messages said, “Blood Report Value INR 2.78” – INR being Internationalised Normalised Ratio”.

Reports say NIA may have interpreted INR as Indian rupees, and so, assumed “Rs 2.78 crores in hawala money”. »

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Jammu, August 31 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, after getting a number of Twitter accounts blocked, the Indian agencies are scanning over 3,500 Facebook and Whatsapp pages.

Reports said, although mobile network in the territory has been snapped since August 05 when the Indian government scrapped Article 370 of its Constitution, the Indian agencies are scanning messages and videos earlier shared in these groups.

On August 12, the Indian government had written to Twitter to block some accounts after the abrogation of Article 370. Following written complaint by the government, the micro-blogging site had suspended some Twitter handles.

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Lockdown of Kashmir valley continues on 27th day

Srinagar, August 31 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, over 4,500 persons among total over 10,000 arrested have been booked under draconian law, Public Safety Act, since repeal of special status of the territory by the Indian government on 5th August.

Those detained under PSA include Hurriyat leaders, political workers, traders, lawyers, social activists and youth.

Principal Secretary of occupied Kashmir, Rohit Kansal, confirmed to media that over 4,500 people have been arrested under the PSA. The law allows the authorities to keep anyone under detention for up to two years without trial. »

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Guwahati (India), August 31 (KMS): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s animosity towards the minority Muslims will shape up into frenzy today (Saturday) when his Home Minister Amit Shah will be releasing a controversial list that will strip four million people – majority of them Muslims – of their Indian citizenship in Assam.

The final version of the controversial list called the National Register of Citizens is the result of a six-year effort to ostensibly catalog all the legal residents of the northeastern state of Assam, but the list has been mired in controversy. »

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Curfew, communication blackout continue on 26th day

Srinagar, August 30 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the humanitarian crisis has reached an alarming proportion as the lockdown continued on 26th day, today.

India has stepped up its state terrorism in the occupied territory increasing its brutalities against the innocent Kashmiris. It has turned the Kashmir valley into a big open-air jail and a hell for its inhabitants. Confined to their homes, the residents of the valley are facing acute shortage of edibles, baby food and life-saving drugs due to the curfew and restrictions, which remained enforced on 26th day, today. The occupation authorities continued to impose severe communication blackout by snapping all internet, mobile and landline services and closing the TV channels to hide the ground situation from the world. Local newspapers not only failed to hit the stands but also could not even update their online editions during all these days. Schools in the Kashmir valley remain shut. At the same time, the authorities continue a massive crackdown against Hurriyat leaders, political workers and youth. More than 10,000 people have been arrested so far and detained in jails, police stations and makeshift detention centres. »

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New Delhi, August 30 (KMS): The General Secretary of Communist Party of India (Marxist), Sitaram Yechury, who returned to New Delhi from Srinagar, today, contested the Indian government’s claims about the Kashmir situation and said that he was not allowed to speak to anyone.

Sitaram Yechury visited Srinagar on Thursday to meet ailing party colleague, Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami, after the Indian Supreme Court rejected Indian government’s contention that his visit may create situation in the territory.

Sitaram Yechury in a media interview in New Delhi said, “We were not allowed to meet anyone else so there was no way to assess the situation. »

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