SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, people staged forceful demonstrations in central, north and south Kashmir, today, against the Indian occupation and repeal of special status of the territory by Narendra Modi-led communal Indian government.
Soon after Juma congregational prayers, people took to the streets in Srinagar, Bandipora, Baramulla, Kupwara, Islamabad, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian and other areas of the occupied territory. They raised high-pitched pro-freedom and anti-India slogans. Indian troops and police personnel fired teargas shells and pellets on protesters at several places, injuring many of them. The occupation authorities had imposed restrictions in Srinagar, Kupwara, Handwara, Ganderbal, Islamabad and Bijbehara areas to prevent demonstrations. The authorities did not allow people to offer Juma prayers in many major mosques including Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid, Dargah Hazratbal, Dastgir Sahib, Charar-e-Sharif and Jamia Masjid Kishtwar.
Meanwhile, normal life remained paralyzed in the Kashmir valley on the 47th consecutive day, today. The residents are virtually observing civil curfew to register their protest against scraping of special status of occupied Kashmir by the Indian government. All markets, business establishments, shops and educational institutions remained closed while transport was off the road.