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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. A large number of Indian forces’ personnel are deployed in every nook and corner to restrict the civilian movement.

Meanwhile, the occupied territory continued to reel under strict military siege on the 35th consecutive day, today, as all markets are closed while transport is off the road. There is no internet and mobile phone service in the Kashmir valley, which remains cut off from the rest of the world since August 5.

The entire Kashmiri political leadership is under arrest, while curfew and restrictions have left the common man with acute shortage of essential commodities and hospitals without medicines. Patients are the worst hit victims of the clampdown, which has even crippled local journalists, disabling them from reporting the ground situation.

On the other hand, in an interview with a Turkish television channel, Farhan Mujahid Chak, the Secretary General of think tank, Kashmir Civitas, categorically rejected Indian government’s claim that landline phones have been restored in Kashmir. He said that through sending such false messages across the world, the Indian government was trying to manage the fallout of the subjugation of Kashmir. He said that he could not contact his family members, relatives and friends in the occupied territory.

VS Krishna, the Member of Coordination Committee of Human Rights Forum, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, has said that the Indian government committed a constitutional outrage on August 5 by abrogating Article 370 and 35A of its Constitution. Addressing a meeting on Kashmir at Yemmiganur in Andhra Prades, VS Krishna said that the lockdown in Kashmir had pushed the Kashmiri people to extreme distress. He said the crux of the Kashmir movement is the demand that the right of self-determination guaranteed by the promise of plebiscite should be honoured.

An Indian soldier died after falling into a river during a cordon and search operation in Wusan area of Ganderbal district.

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