SRINAGAR: The Indian troops has martyred 16 Kashmiris in their continued acts of state terrorism during the past month of August.

The Research Section of Kashmir Media Service has issued a report on state terrorism of Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir. It said that the occupational forces martyred 16 Kashmiris in August. The occupational forces also killed a woman widowed and three children orphaned. They also injured 467 Kashmiris in the firing of bullets, pellets and teargas shells on rallies. The authorities also arrested more than 11135 people including Hurriyet leaders, activists and youth. The troops also disgraced 14 women and damaged 31 residential houses were.

Life paralyzed

Meanwhile, The authorities have paralyzed the life in the Kashmir valley and five districts of Jammu region. The curfew and communications blackout in IOK has been entered in 28th Day. The Kashmir valley is cut-off from the rest of the world since August 05 when India revoked special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Internet, mobile and landline services are dead and TV channels are shut since then.

Local newspapers failed to publish their print and online editions. Shops and business establishments remain closed and schools, too.

Shortage of essential commodities

The people are facing acute shortage of essential commodities and life-saving medicines due to curfew and communications blockade. The US-based newspaper, The Wall Street Journal said the clampdown in Kashmir has turned hospitals into graveyards. It added that the military lock down and communications blackout have prompted a health crisis in the territory.

Protests

The Kashmir police confirmed that more than 300 incidents of protests took place over the past three weeks, with Srinagar topping the list with over 160 such incidents. Around 22 protest incidents took place in Pulwama and 18 in Baramulla, the police report said. On August 17, the Valley recorded 24 protests, the highest number in a single day.

The relatives of an Indian soldier, Veera Mani, from Tamil Nadu staged a protest in New Delhi to demand the return of his body, reportedly killed in an encounter in the Kashmir valley. The protest proves that Indian army is reluctant in sending the bodies of its slain soldiers back home fearing severe backlash.

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