A Kashmiri doctor who warned the three-week curfew and communications blackout in the state would lead to critical medication shortages and deaths has been arrested.
Omar Salim, a urologist at the Government Medical College in the state capital of Srinagar, said life-saving medicines were running out and new orders could not be placed. Dr . Salim was detained on Monday, ten minutes after speaking to the media in Srinagar, and his whereabouts is unknown.
Efforts to contact him have been unsuccessful because of the blackout. It was reported he was holding a placard that said he was making a “request and not a protest” as he was arrested.
Meanwhile, people are facing severe shortage of food, medicines and other commodities due to unabated curfew and communication blockade, which entered the 24th consecutive day, today, in the Kashmir valley. Markets and schools are shut while all internet and communication services including landline phone, mobile and TV channels are closed in Kashmir valley and five districts of Jammu region. Local newspapers are offline while most of them failed to bring out their print editions.
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