A spine-chilling account of IOK situation in Kashmir goes viral » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, August 14 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a spine-chilling account of the situation in the territory has gone viral, belying the Indian government’s claims.

It’s been nine days since the Indian government revoked sections 370 and 35-A that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, triggering protests. And, there is no change in the status of communications blackout and curfew.

A Reuters correspondent Devjyot Ghoshal said, “The situation is NOT normal in Kashmir” following a series of tweets on August 13. “I wasn’t inclined to tweet about #Kashmir, but after seeing the amount of disinformation, I am going to. I’m back in the newsroom today after a week in Srinagar. Things are NOT normal. People are seething. Kashmir is likely a tinderbox waiting for a spark,” Devjyot Ghoshal wrote in a series of tweets.

“Everything was down – except cable TV. About 200 police and local administration officials had satellite phones, with several hundred more using a restricted military network,” he tweeted.

The Indian government blocked all the telephone lines, internet and television networks on August 05, just before they abolished the section. Telephone services were restored in Jammu, today. However, the government is yet to restore the services in Kashmir.

Kavita Krishnan, Secretary of the All India Progressive Women’s Association, claims that the situation is not what most media is claiming to be.

“A solidarity team – Jean Drèze, economist, @kavita_krishnan of AIPWA, @MaimoonaMollah of AIDWA & @vimalbhai11 of @NAPM – has just returned from extensive travels across Kashmir. Situation isn’t what most media is showing,” she wrote on twitter.

The Indian government official earlier claimed that the situation is ‘normalising’ in Kashmir. But, some media agencies say otherwise. According to BBC, the Indian government used teargas to tackle a massive crowd protesting against its decision. It also said that the government denied it ever happened.

People in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, had to beg the military personnel to go out of the region, reported New York Times. People were reportedly struggling to buy essential groceries like milk, the report said.


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