Media warns of famine risk in Indian-occupied Kashmir

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The Indian-occupied Kashmir is facing the worst humanitarian crisis in the modern human history as strict curfew along with all communication blackout entered its ninth day on Tuesday.

Indian troops clamped tight restrictions across Jammu and Kashmir, fearing anti-India protests, after New Delhi abolished the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5.

The people of the occupied territory have no contact with the rest of the world as internet and phone lines are cut since then.

According to Kashmir Media Service, a famine-like situation is emerging as tens of thousands of Indian troops are deployed in all streets right from Srinagar in the Kashmir valley to Doda and Kishtwar areas in Jammu region to enforce strict curfew.

The news sources, in their reports said shops are shut, their shutters and walls are carrying anti-India graffiti including, “Go India Go Back” and “We Want Freedom”.

The sources quoting paramilitary police officials said the restrictions in Srinagar are the city’s tightest ever.

The troops, many wearing heavy riot gear, are dotting silent streets where checkpoints had been added around midnight, with more concertina wire laid out to create barricades.

In blatant disregard for the basic rights of Kashmiri people, the Indian Supreme Court has refused to pass any orders on a petition seeking lifting of curfew and communication blackout in occupied Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of abrogation of Article 370 by the Indian government.

The petition filed by an activist Tehseen Poonawalla submitted that people were not able to even avail basic services such as hospital. However, a three-judge bench headed by Justice Arun Mishra adjourned the petition for two weeks without passing any order.

 

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