The communication blackout clamped by the Modi-led-fascist regime in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) also hit the hospitals and emergency service quite hard.
Outside a hospital in Srinagar, Ghulam Ahmad Sheikh frantically looked for a cab for three hours to shift his son back home.
Their journey home was more than a hundred kilometers and the sudden curfew imposed by the Modi-led fascist regime had left them stranded.
Sheikh had come to the hospital three days ago when his 4-year-old son, Faizan Ahmad Sheikh, complained of stomach ache.
He was immediately taken to a local hospital where few tests were run and the report came fine. But there seemed to be no end to Faizan’s pain. Then he was shifted to G.B Pant hospital the only child care facility in the region in Srinagar.
“We were here for two days. Last night, we were asked to go home but we stayed so we could go in the morning. But look at us now, we are stuck and we don’t know for how long?” Sheikh said.
On Wednesday night, 92-year-old veteran Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Gilani breathed his last at his residence in Hyderpora area of Srinagar.
Soon after the news spread, the Modi-led fascist regime snapped internet and phone services and restrictions were imposed on civilian movement.
The roads were deserted with the police patrolling checkpoints and setting up roadblocks. The abrupt curfew and communication blockade left people stranded.
“I wanted to call my brother and ask him to come and take us. But how will I do that?” Sheikh said, in panic. “At around 6 am, many people came out of the hospital, attendants mostly, and they were anxious and enquiring about the situation.”
Patients and attendants reaching the G.B Pant Hospital told media that they were stopped at several roadblocks during the morning hours. –KMS