The increase in chill after fresh rains and snowfall has added to the agonies of people of Kashmir Valley who have already been at the receiving end after revocation of the ‘contentious’ Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.
Due to continued lockdown, people have more difficulties to face in the coming days as they have not been able to store crucial commodities for the harsh winter.
There is no let-up in the restrictions imposed under Section 144 in the territory amid heavy deployment of Indian troops. The ban on the internet, text messaging and prepaid mobile connections remains in place.
The residents of the Kashmir Valley are facing pressure from all the three fronts – the climate, government and separatists. The shopkeepers have been forced to keep their shops closed in most part of the day and grenades have been hurled at shops who dared to open their business. Innocent people are suffering and many netizens have blamed both the Indian security forces and the militants for their woes.
Meanwhile, Human Rights Watch’s Asia Advocacy Director, John Sifton expressed concern over the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir. In a written submission to Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, John Sifton said human rights are under threat in Kashmir.
He said Members of Congress should communicate to Indian government officials that their actions in Kashmir are adding to human rights problems.
He said Congress Members should insist that political leaders and others detained Kashmiris are released, restrictions on communications are lifted, and independent observers, including diplomats, foreign journalists and rights activists are allowed to travel freely to Kashmir.
Earlier, Indian Central Bureau of Investigation raided Bengaluru and New Delhi offices of human rights group Amnesty International India. Reacting to CBI’s action, Amnesty International India said that the organization was being targeted for speaking out against human rights violations in the country.