Lockdown in IoK continues for 66th consecutive day


Normal life remains disrupted on the 66th day, today, in Kashmir Valley and Muslim majority areas of Jammu region due to strict military siege.

The communication blackout remained active in the valley since the scrapping of Article 370 on August 5.

In Srinagar, armed police were stationed every few hundred meters as a ban on gatherings of more than four people in public places. Educational institutions and most shops in residential neighborhoods were shut.

Last month, the chief justice of India had said that he would visit occupied Kashmir, if needed, to check allegations of illegal detention of children by Indian forces in the valley.

On Sept 15, a petition against illegal detention of children by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir was filed in the Supreme Court.

The Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed by Enakshi Ganguly, a child rights expert, and Professor Shanta Sinha, the first Chairperson of the National Commission for Child Rights (NCPCR).

There are reports suggesting violations which include loss of life and freedom. These are very serious and demand judicial review of the ground situation regarding children, the petition says.

In the meantime, jails in the occupied Kashmir have ran out of capacity and now thousands of people detained without charges by Indian forces are being shifted via planes to other parts of the country.

Over 10,000 innocent people have been arrested by Indian forces over fears of unrest following the complete lockdown imposed in the valley on Aug 5.

India had abrogated Article 370 on August 5 withdrawing special status given to occupied Kashmir.

A local magistrate said last month that over 4,000 people had been arrested under the controversial Public Safety Act.