Kashmir cringes under non-stop curfew, curbs; 56 more jailed

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73rd day of restrictions

Many protesters injured in forces’ attacks

srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, curfew and restrictions remained enforced for the 73rd consecutive day Monday to prevent anti-India protest rallies in the territory.
The restrictions were imposed to curb marches towards Baramulla, Pulwama and Srinagar districts as part of the weekly protest programme given by the joint Hurriyet leadership for today. However, people flouted the restrictions and held protests throughout the Valley.
Many people were injured when Indian armed forces fired pellets and teargas shells on protesters in almost all districts of the Kashmir Valley. The forces attacked the participants of one such rally at Vehil in Shopian district in which scores of people were injured, many of them critically. The injured were shifted to nearby hospitals for treatment. Besides, the men in uniform destroyed fruits worth millions of rupees in the district. The forces’ personnel barged into houses in Dadsar, Noorpur and Arigam areas of Tral; beat up inmates and ransacked houses. The troops in Kremshore area of Badgam district also vandalized houses and damaged parked vehicles.
Meanwhile, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference in a statement in Srinagar said that India was targeting young Kashmiri generation to prolong its forcible control over the territory. It condemned the cold-blooded murder of 7th class student Nasir Shafi by Indian forces at Harwan in Srinagar.
The Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement denounced the continued restrictions and Indian brutalities against Kashmiri people for the past around two-and-half months in the territory.
The illegally detained APHC General Secretary, Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a statement reiterated his appeal to the world leaders to press for an honorable solution to the Kashmir dispute during the UN General Assembly session in New York.
On the other hand, the puppet authorities, continuing their arrest spree, sent 13 more innocent Kashmiri youth to Central Jail, Baramulla, and Kotbhalwal Jail in Jammu under draconian law Public Safety Act.
All educational institutions, main markets, public transport and other businesses remained suspended. A police official confirmed that curfew had been imposed in Pulwama and Baramulla districts today, while it remains enforced in Shopian and several areas of Srinagar. He said the curfew was imposed in view of call by the joint Hurriyet leadership for a march to Baramulla, Pulwama and Srinagar districts as part of the weekly protest programme, today.
Many people were injured in Shopian district when Indian forces used force on protesters, today. As soon as people started gathering at the freedom rally venue at Vehil, village defying curfew, forces’ personnel swung into action and fired tear smoke canisters and pellets on the protesters.
Authorities had clamped strict curfew in the area to thwart a proposed freedom rally in the village about five kilometers away from Shopian town.—GK