IOK authorities impose curfew, restrictions in Srinagar

Srinagar, April 05, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the authorities imposed curfew in Nowhatta area of Srinagar and stringent restrictions in other parts of the city, today, to prevent people from staging demonstrations against the injuring of detainees at Srinagar Central Jail by Indian forces’ personnel.

Protests erupted in the Central Jail last evening after the word about shifting of some inmates to the prisons outside the Kashmir valley spread. Indian police and troops fired pellets and teargas shells on the protesting detainees, injuring several of them. Three barracks and a building suffered damages amid a number of blasts inside the jail.

The occupation authorities sealed historic Jamia Masjid at Nowhatta in Srinagar, today, and prevented people from offering Juma prayers. The authorities placed under house arrest the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who delivers weekly Friday sermon at the historic mosque. The authorities also reduced the internet speed across the Kashmir valley. The Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front in a statement strongly denounced the use of force on prisoners.

Meanwhile, India’s infamous National Investigation Agency has issued a third notice to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a fake case, asking him to appear at its New Delhi headquarters on Monday for questioning. The Mirwaiz had refused to travel to New Delhi on earlier two occasions, citing threat to his life due to the charged anti-Kashmiri atmosphere in India following the Pulwama incident.

The authorities booked the illegally detained All Parties Hurriyat Conference leader, Sheikh Danish Mushtaq, under draconian law, Public Safety Act, today, and lodged him at district jail Kupwara. The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Movement, Muhammad Sharif Sartaj in a statement in Jammu said that the loss of precious lives and properties along the Line of Control in Azad Jammu and Kashmir due to the Indian troops’ unprovoked firing was condemnable.

On the other hand, leader of an extremist Hindu organization, Hindustan Nirman Dal, Praveen Togadia, addressing a press conference in Jammu said that his party would order carpet bombing of stone-pelters in occupied Kashmir if voted to power.

In India, more than 600 theatre personalities have signed a letter asking people to defeat the communal Bharatiya Janata Party and its allies in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, arguing that the idea of India and its constitution are under threat. The letter, which was issued in 12 languages on Artist Unite website, said the upcoming Lok Sabha elections are the most critical polls in the history of the country.

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