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Life remains crippled in IoK on 72nd consecutive day

Life remains crippled in IoK on 72nd consecutive day
October 15, 2019
SRINAGAR (92 News) – The situation remains unchanged on the 72nd day of the military siege and communications blackout in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region, on Tuesday. Millions people have been cut off with the world as lockdown and worst curfew enters in 72nd day in the IoK. 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 lockdown 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. In the absence of public transport, people face immense difficulties to get to the hospitals and move from one place to another to meet their loved ones. They cannot even easily communicate with their relatives and friends due to gag on internet and cell phone services. Main markets are shut and public transport is off the roads. Barring a few officials, no one is turning up to offices and educational institutions. People are keeping their shops closed throughout the day and are not attending offices as an act of resistance against the Indian occupation and its unilateral decision to revoke Kashmir’s special status. Indian army personnel are deployed in every nook and corner of the territory created a fear among the general masses. Although, the authorities claimed that postpaid mobile phones were activated today, but all prepaid phones and Internet continue to remain shut. People face difficulties in taking patients to hospitals and many have died because they could not be carried to the health centers in time. The non-availability of Ambulances further aggravates the situation. Two reports recently released in New Delhi on the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir say that the Kashmiris are resisting the Indian occupation through non-violent civil disobedience with an ultimate goal of freedom from India. These two reports have been compiled by two delegations who visited the occupied territory and interacted with the common people.