Another youth martyred as IOK continues to reels under lockdown on 99th day

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 Indian troops have martyred one more Kashmiri youth in Bandipore district as the occupied valley of Kashmir has continued to reel under lockdown on 99th day, Kashmir Media Service.

The youth was killed during cordon and search operation in Lawdoora area of the district.

On the other hand, restrictions under Section 144 and ban on prepaid phone, SMS and internet services remain enforced. However, landlines and voice calls on postpaid connections have been partially restored.

As a mark of silent protest, people in the Valley continue to keep their shops closed except for a brief period in the morning and evening and stay away from schools and offices. Public transport is also unavailable.

The National Conference has condemned the IOK admin for disallowing religious gatherings at the holy Hazratbal Shrine on the occasion of Eid-e-Milad-un-Nabi [SAWS], saying such a measure is tantamount to violation of people’s religious freedom.

Tamil Nadu’s principal opposition party, the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), has slammed Indian government for turning IOK into a huge prison, demanding New Delhi to respect the sensitivities of the people of the territory.

A resolution adopted at its general council meet in Chennai condemned New Delhi for its August 5 actions without taking the approval of the IOK Assembly and eliciting the views of the people there. It has also urged the govt to immediately free all those arrested in Kashmir. 

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