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Shortage of food, medicine in IoK as curfew enters 24th day

Shortage of food, medicine in IoK as curfew enters 24th day
August 28, 2019
SRINAGAR (92 News) – As the curfew in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) has entered in the 24th day on Wednesday, the life has become more miserable and multiplied after the shortage of food and medicine. People are facing acute shortage of life-saving medicines, essential commodities including baby food as nine million Kashmiris are besieged while Jammu and Kashmir has become a big jail for its inhabitants. All internet and communication services and TV channels are closed in the Kashmir valley and Doda, Kishtwar, Poonch, Ramban and Rajouri areas of Jammu region since 5th of August when BJP government scrapped the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Local newspapers could not update their online editions while majority of them could also not be printed due to restrictions. Over 10,000 political leaders and workers including top Hurriyat leadership have been detained. The jails and police stations have run out of space and many detainees have been lodged in makeshift detention centres and in jails outside the territory. Doctors have confirmed that hundreds of patients have been affected by the unrelenting clampdown and communication blackout in the Kashmir Valley. Dr Aijaz, who is a psychologist, said over 40 percent of patients have shown signs of mental illnesses as a result of the prevailing situation. Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti was not even allowed to meet mother and daughter. Gulshan Mufti said she also ready to allow search for meeting with her daughter. Hundreds of thousands of people came out from their homes and staged protest over the shortage of food, medicines and other food items. The Indian forces fired upon guns shoot and tear gas on protesting Kashmiris and more than 100 sustained injuries. Indian Administration Service officer, Kannan Gopinathan, who quit his job in protest over denial of basic rights to the people of occupied Kashmir, in his posts on social networking sites said that curfew and communication blockade like things are not acceptable in a democratic set-up. Communist Party of India General Secretary D Raja in a statement issued in Hyderabad, India, said that the situation in IoK was much worse than it is perceived outside the territory. Malaysian Consultative Council for Islamic Organization in a statement deplored India’s Narendra Modi receiving the highest civilian award of the UAE amid the atrocious treatment of Muslim majority Kashmir by Modi-led government.