In occupied Kashmir, people have been facing tense situation for the last over three months after the Modi government imposed military siege and communications blockade on August 5 in Kashmir when it scrapped its special status, says a report by Voice of America.
The Chairperson of Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS), Professor Hameeda Nayeem, told VoA that shops opened only for a few hours early in the morning because of the atmosphere of fear, with people mainly staying indoors.
“Drones are flying above our homes, the army is deployed at every corner, and they have already arrested thousands of young men to prevent them from holding protest demonstrations,” she said. Khaleel Ahmad, a coordinator with India’s Human Rights Commission, said, his commission keeps getting queries from Indians asking about what is going on inside occupied Kashmir.
The occupation intensified restrictions and ordered closure of schools and colleges, today, ahead of the Indian Supreme Court’s verdict on the Ayodhya (Ram Mandir-Babri Masjid) case. The authorities deployed Indian troops and police personnel in strength in every nook and corner of the territory and ordered closure of schools and colleges to prevent demonstrations against the handing over of the Babri Masjid land to Hindu for construction of a temple. The residents are already suffering immensely due to suspension of internet and prepaid mobile services.
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17 November, 2019