Curfew, lockdown enters 43rd day in Occupied Kashmir

Curfew, lockdown enters 43rd day in Occupied Kashmir
Srinagar: Curfew and lockdown continued at 43rd consecutive day today in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) from August 5 when Narendra Modi government announced scraping of the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

The occupied territory continued to reel under strict military siege and curfew on the 43rd consecutive day as all markets are closed while transport is off the road.

Patients, doctors and other medical staff are facing difficulties in reaching hospitals due to curfew and other restrictions. Foodstuff, medicines and other essential commodities have run out of stocks, adding to the miseries of the people.

Meanwhile, the Indian troops in their unabated acts of state terrorism had martyred three youth in the held valley on Sunday.

According to the Kashmir Media Service, the troops killed two youth in a fake encounter in Kathua district, while another youth identified as Akhlaq Ahmad Khan, was picked up by police from a market and was killed a few hours later at Janipur police station in Jammu city.

Besides, communication services including mobile, internet and TV channels are snapped from 5th of August, the day India scrapped Kashmir’s special status.

The clampdown has also caused a severe humanitarian crisis as there is acute shortage of daily commodities like food stuff, milk and life-saving medicines in the territory.

Despite curfew and restrictions and the severe curtailment of internet and mobile phone services, there has been an average of nearly 20 protests per day against India’s illegal occupation over the past six weeks. A media report quoting government officials said that public demonstrations have been constant against India in the Kashmir valley, mostly in Srinagar.

The report added that there had been 722 protests since August 5, with Baramulla district and Pulwama the biggest hotspots after Srinagar.