2019 August 24 » Kashmir Media Service

Srinagar, August 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian authorities sent Congress leader, Rahul Gandhi-led opposition delegation that landed in Srinagar back to New Delhi.

The delegation comprised Rahul Gandhi, Ghulam Nabi Azad, D Raja, Sharad Yadav, Manoj Jha, Majeed Memon, and others wanted to examine the ground situation following the Indian government’s move to revoke the special status of the territory. The grim situation of occupied Kashmir can be judged from the fact that even the Indian politicians were not allowed to visit the territory and were sent back from Srinagar airport.

Speaking to media, RJD leader, Manoj Jha, said that the government had claimed that the situation was normal and no major incident had happened and “we are going to see exactly the same”. »

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IOK people asked to beware of Indian collaborators

Srinagar, August 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities continued to impose strict curfew and other restrictions across the Kashmir valley on the 20th consecutive day, today, to prevent people from holding demonstrations against Indian occupation and India’s move of ending special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Due to severe blockade, people are facing acute shortage of essential commodities including baby food and life-saving medicines and the valley represents a humanitarian crisis. Hundreds of thousands of people are besieged and Jammu and Kashmir has become a big jail for its inhabitants.

The Indian authorities have been maintaining a strict curfew in the Kashmir valley since 5th August when Narendra Modi government announced scraping of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Hundreds of thousands of Indian troops and police personnel deployed in every nook and corner of the territory are not allowing people to come out of their homes. »

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Pro-India politicians trying to bring RSS to Kashmir

Srinagar, August 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the people have been warned to beware of Indian collaborators who are trying to approach their Indian masters to bring the members of extremist Hindu organizations like Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and other Hindutva forces to the territory to make the Kashmiris slaves and snatch their everything including religious identity.

The warning has been issued through posters and handbills by Hurriyat activists after the news reports that a team of Indian Intelligence officials reached out to the pro-India politicians. The team comprising senior officials of Intelligence Bureau (IB) and Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) met some politicians, who have been under so-called detention since the repeal of special status of the occupied territory by the Indian government. The special team camped in Srinagar for two days and returned on Friday. »

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Srinagar, August 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, a local court has designated the International Convention Centre’s Centaur Hotel as a sub-jail to pave way for the meeting of relatives with around 50 pro-India leaders detained there since the August 5 decision to revoke Kashmir’s special status.

The Srinagar magistrate in an order also designated the Deputy Superintendent of Police, Kashmir, as Superintendent of Sub-Jail to ensure basic legal provisions contained in the Jail Manual are implemented. »

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Srinagar, August 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, with the Kashmir lockdown completed 20 days, there is no word from the authorities on restoring over 21,000 broadband connections in the Kashmir valley.

As per official figures, the 10 districts of Kashmir valley have over 44,000 landline connections and 21,500 dedicated broadband Internet connections.

A senior official of a telecom company said the Srinagar region, comprising Srinagar, Ganderbal and Budgam districts, had 32,000 landlines and 15,000 broadband connections. Except for the restoration of some telephone exchanges in Srinagar district, a majority of the 32,000 landlines in the Srinagar region are still not working, while broadband connections have still not been restored, he said. »

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Jammu, August 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the unprecedented lockdown has badly affected postal services in all three regions of the territory, particularly in Kashmir valley.

Reports said there are thousands of letters waiting to be delivered as the services are yet to be restored in many areas.

The reports said that although officials of all post offices were told to join their duties on August 13, most of the post offices in the valley and five districts of Jammu region were being opened just for the sake of attendance.

As per the reports, even the head offices of the postal services are unaware of the status of their offices across the valley where telephone lines are yet to be restored. »

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Ankara, August 24 (KMS): Members of Turkish non-governmental organizations (NGOs) gathered in front of the Indian Embassy in Ankara to express solidarity with the oppressed people of occupied Kashmir who are under strict lockdown for the past almost three weeks.

Members of the NGOs carried placards reading “The people of Kashmir want freedom” and “Kashmiris should be given the right to choose their political future”. »

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Srinagar, August 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, an officer of Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has committed suicide in Islamabad district.

An Assistant Commandant of the CRPF’s 40th Battalion, M Arvind (33), ended his life by shooting himself with his service rifle at his residence in Sadar area of the district. He hailed from Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu.

This incident of suicide raised the number of such deaths among Indian troops and police personnel to 440 since January 2007.

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Srinagar, August 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Jawahara Begum (45), a housewife, has been restricted to her home since August 5 when the Indian government scrapped Article 370 of its Constitution that granted a special status to the territory.

Jawahara Begum says it is suffocating to be in the situation of a clampdown but like other women in her old city locality she is keeping a watch on the political happenings.

For Jawahara, in her locality of Safa Kadal, she is used to curfews and restrictions as witnessed in 2008, 2010 and 2016, and she has always been politically aware of the everyday events in occupied Kashmir. “Like men who go and discuss situations at the bakers’ shop or in the street, we are equally curious. We are anxious and tired,” she says, adding that she discusses the situation with other women in her locality. »

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Several injured in troops’ brutal action

Srinagar, August 24 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, hundreds of people defying curfew and other restrictions held a forceful demonstration in Srinagar against India’s illegal occupation and scraping of special status of the territory.

Defying strict curfew and other restrictions, nearly 1000 people including men, women and children took part in a demonstration held in Soura area of Srinagar after Friday prayers, yesterday. Indian troops fired pellets and teargas shells to disperse the protesters, triggering intense clashes between the demonstrators and the troops. Several people were injured in the brutal action of the troops. BBC correspondent Aamir Peerzada at the scene said that one man was seen bleeding from his eye and another had suffered a neck injury. »

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