AUTHORITIES IN KASHMIR SAY 90% OF VALLEY FREE FROM RESTRICTIONS BUT STREETS REMAIN DESERTED

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After a serious backlash from various nations of the world, international organizations and humanitarians, Indian authorities chose to shed light on the present day to day life in Kashmir. Authorities in Indian Kashmir said the Valley was free from day-time restrictions but people still chose to stay indoors as streets remained deserted with security personnel manning every nook and corner.

The Principal Secretary, Jammu and Kashmir, Rohit Kansal held a press conference in Srinagar and told the reporters that human rights were being granted in the Indian Occupied Kashmir and most of the restrictions on movement were lifted by the government. “As we speak day time restrictions have been fully lifted from 92 police stations, up from 81 last week. This makes 90% of Valley free of day time restrictions of any kind. Jammu and Ladakh already continue to be free from all such restrictions.” he said.

People in the Valley have been reeling under a virtual house arrest and a communication blockade since India revoked the special status of its portion of Himalayan Kashmir, known as Jammu and Kashmir, on August 5.

Aiming at full integration of the conflict-riddled region into India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government revoked Article 370 of the Indian Constitution which gave special rights of property purchases, state jobs, and college to residents only. Since then, the residents of Indian occupied Kashmir were denied of the basic rights of freedom of speech, movement and press. Curfew was imposed. Stories of torture following the annexation also emerged, hence making it a point of concern for not only the local Kashmiris, but the entire world.

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