SRI NAGAR (Dunya News) – In occupied Kashmir and Muslim areas of Jammu region, uneasy situation prevailed for the 98th day on Sunday as life remains affected and paralysed in protest against scrapping of Articles 370 and 35A, and bifurcation of Jammu and Kashmir into two union territories on Aug. 5.
Restrictions under Section 144 CrPC, prohibiting gatherings of four or more persons, continue in the territory.
For the first time in the history of Kashmir, the IoK administration disallowed the congregational gathering at the Kashmir’s revered shrine of Hazratbal in Srinagar on the eve of Eid Miladun Nabi (Peace Be Upon Him) – the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him).
All gates of historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar remained closed for devotees. A large number of Central Armed Paramilitary Force (CAPF) is deployed in the Jamia market and outside to prevent people from entering the worship place.
The communication network, including prepaid phones and internet continue to remain suspended since Aug. 5.
Suspension of internet service even at ‘Media facilitation Centre’ in Srinagar has irked media persons, who depend on the facility to file their news items.
Media persons, including working for different local, Indian and international media houses, said that the internet service has been erratic from the last three days at the media centre, which is the only place where they can assess internet.
Meanwhile, curfew has been clamped in Kishtwar town and adjoining areas of Jammu region while prohibitory orders were imposed in nine other districts of Jammu region in the wake of verdict on Babri Masjid dispute at Ayodhya by the Indian Supreme Court. In Jammu city, all shops and business establishments remain closed and commercial traffic was off the roads. Even private vehicles were also stopped by the police at many places.
The Guardian reported that the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) based in Brussels, Belgium, and the British High Commission in Delhi have stated that they were not involved, in any way, in the recent Kashmir visit of Members of European Parliament (MEPs) that was organised by Madi Sharma, a person of Indian origin and a member of the EESC.
Responding to the Guardian’s queries, David Gippini, the press officer of EESC, said that the EESC was not aware of this visit, which was neither organised nor funded by the EESC.