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120th day of lockdown: 38 martyred in IHK since Aug 5

ISLAMABAD: In Held Kashmir, 38 Kashmiris including two women and three young boys were martyred during the last 120 days of lockdown by Indian troops in the territory.According to a report released by the research section of Kashmir Media Service, on the completion of four months of unprecedented military lockdown, which entered 120 days running day (Monday) of those seven were killed in fake encounter or custody.During the period, 853 people were critically injured due to the firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells on peaceful demonstrators by Indian military, paramilitary and police personnel in the occupied territory. At least 11,401 Hurriyat leaders, activists, politicians, traders and civil society members including Bar president Mian Abdul Qayoom, Nazir Ahmad Roonga, Mubeen Shah, ex-president of the Kashmir Chamber, and Yasin Khan, chairman of the Kashmir Economic Alliance, National Conference leader, Omar Abdullah, Farooq Abdullah, People Democratic Party leader, Mehbooba Mufti were detained while APHC Chairman Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were put under house arrest.The troops molested, abused or disgraced 39 women after forcibly entering their houses in this period.The occupation authorities also did not allow people to offer Friday prayers at historical Jamia Masjid in Srinagar since August 5. Though uneasy calm and uncertainty prevails in the Valley yet life remains badly affected there as restrictions under Section 144 remain enforced, shops and business centres are mostly shut and few turn up at educational institutions and offices.Internet gag persists while prepaid mobile and text messaging services also remain in shutdown mode.The increasing chill has also added to the miseries of the already suffering people of the occupied territory.According to KMS, two Kashmiri youth from Kupwara and Srinagar areas were shifted to Srinagar Central Jail after being booked by authorities under draconian law, PSA. Muhammad Afzal Lone and Fayyaz Ahmed Ganaie were apparently arrested by police on charges of arranging anti-India protests and stone-pelting.A report said the J K admin may shift some more detainees from MLA hostel in Srinagar to their respective residences where they would be kept under house arrest.Apparently, lack of proper facilities in the hostel-tuned-sub jail is cited as the main reason for this shifting.Without mentioning the names of the detainees to be shifted, the report further said those who are ailing and senior citizens may be shifted in the first week of December. Last week two detainees Hakeem Mohammad Yaseen and Mohammad Ashraf Mir were released from the hostel and shifted to their houses.

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