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Occupied Kashmir suffers 35th day of blackout

Occupied Kashmir suffers 35th day of blackout
Srinagar: The curfew and strict communication blockage on Sunday entered 35th day in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK).

Owing to the curfew and communication blackout continues in the Kashmir valley, people are facing acute shortage of essential commodities including baby food and life-saving medicines.

According to Kashmir Media Service (KMS) occupation forces have martyred 16 Kashmiris in the month of August and injured 467 with air-gun.

Over 10,000 arrested have been booked under draconian law, Public Safety Act since the repeal of the special status of territory by the Indian government on August 5.

Those detained under PSA include Hurriyat leaders, political workers, traders, lawyers, social activists, and youth.

On Saturday, Indian troops used pellet guns, canes and teargas shells on a Muharram procession at Hassnabad area in Srinagar. Several mourners, including a photojournalist sustained critical pellet shots. The camera of a journalist was broken by police in their efforts to stop the coverage of the procession. Three journalists who were tortured included Shahid Khan, Mubashir Dar and Bilal Bhat.

Besides, India has restricted Muslims from offering Juma prayers at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid and other big mosques of the valley.

Traditionally on 8th and 10th of Muharram, huge processions used to be taken out from different areas of Srinagar and other parts of the valley to pay rich tributes to Hazrat Imam Hussain (RA) – the grandson of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) – and his companions who were martyred in Karbala.

However, the occupation authorities imposed ban on these processions in the territory in 1989.