September 18, 2019

Curfew in IHK enters 28th day

SRINAGAR: The curfew and the communication blackout continued through the Indian Cashmere (IHK) on the 28th day on Sunday.

According to the Kashmir Media Service, the Kashmir Valley remains isolated from the rest of the world since August 5 due to the continuous blocking and suspension of Internet, mobile and fixed services, and the closure of television channels. The publication of local newspapers remains suspended.

Protests and clashes with Indian forces continued while the cashmerers expressed their determination to accept nothing more than free themselves from Indian subjugation.

Stores and commercial establishments remain closed and schools also remain empty.

People in the Kashmir Valley face a severe shortage of essential products, such as food, milk and life-saving medicines due to curfew and blockage.

Indian-Held Kashmir’s chief secretary, Rohit Kansal, confirmed to the media that more than 4,500 people have been arrested under the draconian Public Security Law.

These 4,500 people are among the 10,000 Hurriyat leaders, political workers, merchants, lawyers, social activists and youth who have been arrested since August 5 when India stripped Jammu and Kashmir of their special status by revoking article 370 of their constitution .

Meanwhile, a Kashmir police report confirmed that there were more than 300 protest incidents in the last three weeks, with Srinagar topping the list with more than 160 such incidents reported from the area.

The incidents occurred between August 5 and 7 after the repeal of the provisions of article 370.

Around 22 such incidents took place in Pulwama and 18 in Baramulla, according to the police report. On August 17, the Valley recorded 24 such incidents, the largest number of incidents in a single day.

The Safakadal, Soura and Nigeen areas in Srinagar have witnessed maximum protests since the repression in the Valley, before the August 5 announcement. At least 30 Safakadal incidents have been reported, while Soura has reported 20 and the Nigeen area 15.

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