SRINAGAR (92 News) – Life continued to remain paralysed as the worst curfew entered 73rd day, on Wednesday, in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) with schools, markets and other business centres closed and public transport off the roads.
Kashmiris defied all restrictions and staged demonstrations against India at several places. Indian troops fired to pellet guns to disperse the protesters, injuring several.
Shops and markets are closed and public transport is off the roads in the Kashmir Valley and many areas of Jammu as a mark of protest to express resentment against the Indian occupation.
Millions of Kashmiris continuously disconnected with the world, closure of schools and business centers created shortages of food and medicines in occupied valley.
The curfew and ban on communications has virtually cut off the Kashmir Valley from the rest of the world. As per the estimates of Kashmir Chamber of Commerce and Industries, the losses in occupied Kashmir since 5th August have crossed over Rs 6,000 crore.
A day earlier, in Occupied Kashmir, a large number of women protesters, including the daughter and the sister of former puppet chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah, were detained in Srinagar
during protests against the revocation of Kashmir’s special status.
Women carrying placards had gathered at the Pratap Park near Srinagar’s Lal Chowk and as they started protesting, the police swooped in on them and detained over a dozen women.
Farooq Abdullah’s sister Suraiya Abdullah, his daughter Safia Abdullah Khan and Hawa Bashir, wife of former Chief Justice of IOK High Court, Bashir Ahmed Khan are among those detained in Srinagar.
The protesters include women activists and leading academicians.
Thousands of people, including Hurriyat leaders, activists, Bar President Advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom, Advocate Nazir Ahmad Roonga, Advocate Abdul Salam Rather, Advocate Fayaz Sodagar, PDP leader, Mehbooba Mufti, National Conference leader, Omar Abdullah and his father Farooq Abdullah continue to remain under house arrest or in jails since August 5.