Military siege enters 35th day

Srinagar, September 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, several people were injured after Indian troops resorted to brute force on the people who defied curfew and other restrictions and participated in Muharram processions in different areas of the territory.

At least 12 participants were injured as the troops used pellet guns and fired teargas shells to stop the traditional Muharram processions in Srinagar and Badgam districts. Six troops were also reportedly injured during the clashes. Scores of mourners were arrested by the Indian forces. There have been frequent clashes for the past many days as troops have been trying to block the processions.

Police vans fitted with loudspeakers patrolled and warned people to stay indoors and not venture out of their homes. Commercial hub of Lal Chowk and adjacent areas of Srinagar are completely sealed off with concertina wires at all entry points. »

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Srinagar, September 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, an Indian soldier died after falling into a river during a cordon and search operation in Ganderbal district.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Defadar Aslam Khan slipped and fell into the river during a search and cordon operation in Wusan area of the central Kashmir district. »

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Srinagar, September 08 (KMS): The occupied Kashmir continues to reel under strict military siege on the 35th consecutive day, today, as all markets, schools and colleges are closed while transport is off the road.

There is no internet service, and mobile phone connections are snapped in the Kashmir valley. The valley has no connection with the rest of the world due to continued blockade and suspension of communication services since 5th August. »

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Kurnool, India, September 08 (KMS): Member of Coordination Committee of Human Rights Forum, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, VS Krishna has said that the Indian government committed a constitutional outrage on August 5 by abrogating Article 370 and 35A of its Constitution in occupied Kashmir (IOK) and dividing the territory into two union territories.

VS Krishna addressing a meeting on Kashmir at the Kurni Kalyana Mandapam in Yemmiganur, he claimed that the lockdown in Kashmir had pushed Kashmiris to extreme distress. »

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Asks India to resume political engagement with local leaders

New Delhi, September 08 (KMS): The US has expressed concern over the widespread detentions in occupied Kashmir by Indian government and urged India to respect human rights in the territory.

Washington has also asked the Indian authorities to resume political engagement with local leaders.

In a statement the US State Department spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus, said, “We continue to be very concerned by widespread detentions, including of local political and business leaders, and the restrictions on the residents of the territory. We are also concerned about reports that Internet and mobile phone access continues to be blocked in certain regions.” »

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Srinagar, September 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir,  several people were injured as a large number of people defying curfew and restrictions came out of their houses and took part in Muharram processions in different areas of the territory.

Officials and eyewitnesses in their media interviews confirmed that at least 12 mourners were injured as the Indian troops tried to stop the traditional Muharram processions in Srinagar and Badgam districts. »

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Srinagar, September 08 (KMS): “Sir, I must confess, you are very lucky that the prime minster hugged and consoled you and … how unlucky I turned out to be as it has been more than a month since I lost all communication with my family, yet no one came to console or comfort me,” writes a Kashmiri man to Indian airspace programme, ISRO chief.

The Kashmiri man in his letter published in an online web portal deplored that the prime minster [Narendra Modi] did not bother to say a single word to people like him, who have been disconnected with their families for over a month now. »

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Srinagar, September 08 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the National Conference (NC) has dubbed the India’s decision to abrogate special status under Article 370 an aggression.

The NC Lok Sabha members, Muhammad Akbar Lone and Hasnain Masoodi in a joint statement also termed August 5, the day when Jammu and Kashmir’s special status was revoked, a black day in the history of Kashmir. »

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Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai

Kashmir is in turmoil. The government has imposed curfew, banned all public meetings, arrested more than 20,000 youth and placed the Kashmiri leadership under house arrest. Internet services have been snapped and all university examinations postponed. Barricades have been erected everywhere in the Srinagar (Capitol city) and other towns. More than 8.5 million people of Kashmir Valley are under siege since August 5, 2019. »

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