In occupied Kashmir, people held forceful demonstrations in different areas, yesterday (Oct 18), against the Indian occupation and repeal of special status of the territory by India.
Soon after the culmination of Juma congregational prayers, people took to the streets in Srinagar, Badgam, Ganderbal, Islamabad, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Bandipora, Baramulla, Kupwara and other areas of the occupied territory and shouted high-pitched pro-freedom, pro-Pakistan and anti-India slogans.
Indian troops and police personnel fired teargas shells and pellets on protesters at several places, injuring many of them. The occupation authorities had imposed curfew and restrictions in Srinagar and other areas to prevent the demonstrations and a march towards the UN office in Sonawar area of the summer capital. Call for the march was given by the Resistance Youth League. The authorities disallowed the people from offering Juma prayers at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid and many other major mosques or shrines in the Kashmir valley for the 11th consecutive week, today, since 5th August.
Meanwhile, normal life continued to remain affected on the 75th straight day, today, in the Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region due to the Indian military lockdown and suspension of internet and prepaid cellular services.
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