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.

Meanwhile, defying curfew and other restrictions, people staged forceful demonstrations in Srinagar and other areas of occupied Kashmir against Indian occupation and move to repeal special status of the territory. Juma prayers could not be held at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid and other main mosques of the territory due to restrictions. A demonstration was also held in Banihal area of Jammu region against Indian government’s nefarious move.

Al Jazeera in a report said that India’s brutal measures including mass arrests, communication shutdown and harassment were leading the situation to violence. It said, chants of “one solution, gun solution” have recently resounded at protests in the territory. It said, since 5th August when India repealed the special status of occupied Kashmir, residents have reported a widespread campaign of police violence and harassment, with more than 150 people suffering injuries from teargas canisters and pellets in clashes with paramilitary personnel.

On the other hand, Hurriyat activists have warned the Indian rulers, who are claiming Jammu and Kashmir as an internal matter of India, that the unresolved Kashmir dispute posed a serious threat of atomic war in South Asia. In posters and handbills issued in occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyat activists asked the people to come to the streets and stage protests to defeat India’s designs of finishing the Kashmiris’ identity and changing the demographic composition of the territory.

A report released by the Research Section of the Kashmir Media Service on the occasion of the International Day of Disappeared, today, revealed that over 8,000 Kashmiris had vanished in the custody after they were picked up by the Indian forces’ personnel.

Unidentified gunmen shot dead a shopkeeper in Parimpora area of Srinagar. The killing occurred despite the heavy presence of Indian troops in the area. Indian police arrested five civilians in Rajouri and Poonch districts of Jammu region.

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