Shutdown observed in IOK

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Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, life remained paralyzed in Pulwama, Kulgam, Kupwara and other areas, today, due to shutdown against the Indian forces’ brutal actions on protesting students in the territory.

All shops and business establishments remained closed while roads wore a deserted look in all the three districts of Pulwama, Kulgam and Kupwara. In order to prevent widespread protests by students, the puppet regime ordered the closure of all universities, colleges and higher secondary schools in the Kashmir Valley, today. The Kashmir University postponed its examinations. Mobile and internet services of all cellular companies remained suspended on the second day, today. Over one hundred male and female students were injured, many critically in forces’ actions, yesterday.

Meanwhile, doctors at a Srinagar hospital said that the skull of a female student was broken after she was hit in the head by a stone thrown by an Indian soldier. Iqra Siddiq, a B.Com student, received the injury, the other day, when she was part of protests at Eidgah Chowk in Srinagar.

Hundreds of students, today, staged demonstrations in Banihal area of Jammu region and blocked the Srinagar-Jammu Highway, the only road linking the Kashmir Valley with the rest of the world. Several students were injured when police used brute force on them.

All segments of the society including resistance leaders and organizations in their statements strongly condemned the use of brute force on students terming it as the worst form of state terrorism unleashed by India against civilians and student community in the territory.

The Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in his keynote address delivered through a video link at the Harvard University, Boston, said that India had waged a war against the Kashmiri people. He said that the kind of repression unleashed by Indian forces on civilians in Kashmir was unprecedented.

Hurriyet leaders and activists during their visit to the martyrs’ graveyard at Eidgah in Srinagar, today, paid glowing tributes to martyr S Hameed Wani and all other Kashmiri martyrs. S Hameed Wani was killed in custody by Indian Army on this day in 1998 in Soura area of Srinagar.

On the other hand, the leader of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, Subramaniam Swamy, in a statement in New Delhi suggested his government that the troubled Kashmir Valley should be de-populated and Kashmiris be sent to refugee camps in Tamil Nadu to curb protests.

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