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Occupied Kashmir under severe siege of Indian military for 25th day

Occupied Kashmir under severe siege of Indian military for 25th day
August 29, 2019
SRINAGAR (KMS) – In Occupied Kashmir, the Kashmir valley remains under severe military siege for 25th consecutive day, today, as hundreds of thousands of Indian troops continue to enforce strict curfew and other restrictions to prevent people from staging anti-India demonstrations. The Kashmir valley is under strict lockdown since 5th August when Narendra Modi-led communal government in New Delhi stripped occupied Kashmir of special status by repealing Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. The occupation authorities have converted the Kashmir valley into a military garrison by deploying hundreds of thousands of Indian troops and paramilitary personnel in every street, line and by-lane to stop people from staging demonstrations against the abrogation of special status of the territory. However, people defying the curfew and other restrictions have been staging protests to express their resentment against the Indian occupation and nefarious move of Modi government. At least 500 incidents of protests have occurred in the occupied territory so far during which hundreds of people have been injured due to the firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells on the protesters by Indian forces’ personnel. A senior government official told media that as many as 36 persons have received pellet injuries in the Kashmir valley since August 5. He said that the numbers were based on records available with hospital authorities in Srinagar. The data from other hospitals of the valley was not available. The Kashmir Valley has been turned into a big jail and a hell for its inhabitants. While people have been confined to their homes, the patients with critical ailments are not being allowed to move to hospitals. The medical stores and pharmacies have run out of stocks. The residents are facing immense hardships due to acute shortage of essential commodities like baby food and the valley is giving the look of a humanitarian crisis. People are not being allowed to participate in the funeral prayers of their dear ones who pass away. All internet and communication services and TV channels are closed in the Kashmir valley and in many areas of Jammu region since 5th August. Local newspapers could not update their online editions while majority of them could also not hit the stands all these days due to restrictions. Schools in the Kashmir valley continue to remain shut as parents are not ready to risk the lives of their children in the prevailing grim situation. The occupation authorities continue to keep almost all Hurriyat leaders, including Syed Ali Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, under house arrest or in jails. Over 10,000 Kashmiris including hundreds of political leaders and workers have been detained in jails and police stations and makeshift detention centres. Those arrested also include even pro-India politicians like Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, Ghulam Ahmed Mir, Engineer Abdur Rasheed and Shah Faisal. It is also worth mentioning here that the Kashmiris are unable to stock the essential commodities for winter season. It will cost huge number of deaths even if curfew is lifted in later part of summer. The Kashmir valley remains cut off from the rest of the world due to closure of the Srinagar-Jammu Highway due to snowfall during most part of winter.