Kashmir under iron fist of curfew as death toll rises to 44

SRINAGAR:In occupied Kashmir, the authorities continue to impose curfew and other restrictions in the territory on the 9th consecutive day, today, to prevent people from protesting against the innocent killings by Indian forces.Internet service and mobile services remain suspended aggravating the miseries of the restrictions-hit people of the Valley. Due to the communication blockade, the actual situation on ground could not be properly verified. The deployment of troops has been increased across the Valley. Roads have been blocked by using barricades and concertina wires. In many parts of Kashmir including Bijbehara, power supply has been snapped with locals terming it as a deliberate move to suppress anti-India anger ignited by the extrajudicial killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani by Indian troops on July 8.

People are facing acute shortage of essential items including medicines due to continued curfew. Residents of most parts of the Valley under curfew complained that they are not even allowed to move out of their homes to arrange food and medicines. However, people defying curfew came out of their houses in Pothkhah, Dangiwacha in Sopore, Hatmulla in Kupwara and Langate in Handwara and staged anti-India protests. At Hatmulla, protesters attacked the police post Hatmulla. The protesters also set on fire a police guard room at Wullar Vintage Park in Bandipora.

Meanwhile, the authorities have suspended interviews under the Public Service Commission for the posts of Assistant professor in the disciplines of Zoology and History, which were scheduled from July 20.At least 44 people have been killed and over 2500 injured in use of live ammunition, pellet guns and teargas shells by Indian armed forces on protesters.

On the other hand, the authorities continued to put the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani, and all other Hurriyet leaders including Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Shahid-ul-Islam, Altaf Ahmed Shah, Javaid Ahmed Mir, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza, Zafar Akbar Butt, Qazi Yasir, Ayaz Akbar and many others under house arrest or illegal detention. The action is aimed at preventing the leaders from leading demonstrations against the killings.

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