Troops martyr 2 youth as IoK reels under curfew on 99th day
SRINAGAR (92 News) – Indian troops martyred two Kashmiri youth in a fake encounter during an ongoing cordon and search operation in Lawdara area of Bandipora district as Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) reel under curfew on consecutive 99th day.
According to the KMS, one youth was killed yesterday, while the other was martyred early in the morning by Indian troops, today, during the operation in the area. 99 days on, normal life continues to elude the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu and Ladakh regions due to the military lockdown imposed by India following August 5 illegal move.
Restrictions under Section 144 and ban on prepaid phone, SMS and internet services remain enforced. However, landlines and voice calls on postpaid connections have been partially restored.
As a mark of silent protest, people in the Valley continue to keep their shops closed except for a brief period in the morning and evening and stay away from schools and offices. Public transport is also unavailable.
Police in north Kashmir’s Sopore town has released pictures of three ‘wanted militants’ announcing cash reward of Rs 10 lakh for information leading to their arrest or killing.
The National Conference has condemned the IoK admin for disallowing religious gatherings at the holy Hazratbal Shrine on the occasion of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi [SAWS], saying such a measure is tantamount to violation of people’s religious freedom.
Tamil Nadu’s principal opposition party, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), has slammed Indian government for turning IoK into a huge prison, demanding New Delhi to respect the sensitivities of the people of the territory.
A resolution adopted at its general council meet in Chennai condemned New Delhi for its August 5 actions without taking the approval of the IoK Assembly and eliciting the views of the people there. It has also urged the government to immediately free all those arrested in Kashmir.