US court asks Modi to explain Kashmir annexation

Srinagar, September 20 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, normal life remains paralyzed in the Kashmir valley due to continued Indian military siege for the 47th consecutive day, today.

Thousands of Indian troops remain deployed in every nook and corner, creating an atmosphere of fear. People are reluctant to come out of their homes and prefer to remain indoors. The residents are virtually observing civil curfew to register their protest against scraping of special status of occupied Kashmir by the Indian government.

All markets, business establishments and shops are closed while transport is off the road. Educational institutions are deserted. The efforts of the authorities to open schools have not borne fruit as parents continue to keep children at home due to apprehensions about their safety. Presence of government employees in the offices remains thin. Communications links including internet and mobile phone services remain suspended and TV channels closed in Kashmir valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu. »

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Agra (India), September 19 (KMS): Indian authorities have shifted thousands of detainees from occupied Kashmir to jails in India and that more than 80 of them are being held in Agra, officials told the BBC.

Before the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government announced its decision to scrap the special status of Kashmir, it put the region under lockdown – mobile phone networks, landlines and the internet were cut off; and local political leaders were placed under house arrest.

BBC Hindi’s Vineet Khare visited one such prison in the state of Uttar Pradesh.

It was a hot Friday morning in Agra, a crowded and dusty city in Uttar Pradesh. The occasional breeze made the weather bearable – but not for the dozen men and women from the Kashmir valley, where the temperature is around 18C in September and in Agra, it touches 35C »

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New Delhi, September 15 (KMS): Indian forces have arrested around 40,000 Kashmiris since August 5, the day when India abrogated Article 370 to scrap Jammu and Kashmir of its special status in the Indian constitution.

This was disclosed by Sheema Mohsin, a senior leader of the Welfare Party of India during a media interview in New Delhi. Sheema along with a three-member delegation of Welfare Party of India visited occupied Kashmir from September 12 and 13. »

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Jammu, September 13 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the imposed curfew in Kishtwar town after some unknown persons snatched away the rifle of personal security officer of a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader.

Unknown persons took away the rifle of PSO of PDP leader, Sheikh Nasir. Soon after the incident, the authorities imposed curfew in the area. Indian troops and police have launched massive search operation in the area. »

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New Delhi, August 22 (KMS): A Delhi court has sent former member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Rashid to judicial custody in a fake funding case.

Engineer Rashid is the first pro-India politician to have been arrested by the Indian infamous National Investigation Agency (NIA) in the case.

District Judge Yashwant Kumar sent Rashid to the judicial custody for two weeks after the NIA produced him before the court on expiry of his custodial interrogation. »

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New Delhi, August 19 (KMS): All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen’s sole Mumbai MLA Waris Pathan was arrested by Mumbai police for offering special prayers for the people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Waris Pathan was detained after he offered special prayers in a mosque in Madanpura in south Mumbai. Local people said that prayers were offered for the people of besieged Jammu and Kashmir. »

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Curfew continues for 15th consecutive day in IOK

Srinagar, August 19 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Indian authorities arrested thousands of people amid imposition of continued curfew and other restrictions since August 5 when Narendra Modi government announced scraping of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

A magistrate speaking to the French news agency, AFP, in Srinagar confirmed that at least 4,000 people were arrested under the black Public Safety Act (PSA) over the past two weeks. “Most of them were flown out of Kashmir because prisons here have run out of capacity,” the magistrate said, adding that he had used a satellite phone allocated to him to collate the figures from colleagues across the occupied territory amid a communications blackout imposed by authorities. An Indian government spokesman, Rohit Kansal said previously there was “no centralised figure” for the total number of people detained, but AFP spoke to numerous government officials in Srinagar, including police and forces’ personnel, who confirmed the sweeping arrests. »

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Jammu, August 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian police have booked two Muslim youth in Rajouri district of Jammu region for their posts on social media.

The police booked the youth, Atiq Chowdhary and Farooq Choudhary, for their posts on social networking site facebook.

Senior Superintendent of Police, Rajouri, Yougal Manhas talking to mediamen said the police have registered a case against the youth and teams have been formed to arrest them.

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Srinagar August 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops arrested a 26-year-old journalist, Irfan Amin Malik, in Pulwama district.

Irfan Malik working for a Srinagar-based English daily was arrested by the troops during a nocturnal raid at his house in Tral area of the district on Wednesday, said his family. He has been lodged at Tral Police Station.

The Indian forces’ personnel arrived at our home at night and took Irfan with them in a police station in Tral, Irfan’s father Muhammad Amin Malik told media men. He said they weren’t allowed to meet their son. »

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New Delhi, August 16 (KMS): A Delhi court has extended the remand of former member of so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed, in the custody of India’s notorious National Investigation Agency (NIA) till August 21 in a case registered against him.

Engineer Rasheed is the first pro-India politician to have been arrested by the NIA in the case. He was earlier questioned in the case in 2017 and again summoned last week and was arrested. »

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