In occupied Kashmir, the use of excessive force by the Indian police and troops against peaceful protesters in the Kashmir Valley has been strongly condemned. The Jammu Kashmir Mahaz-e-Azadi patron, Muhammad Azam Inqalabi in a statement in Srinagar termed it a sheer demonstration of state terrorism. He expressed solidarity with families of martyrs and prayed for the speedy recovery of injured. Urging India to take steps to resolve the Kashmir dispute, Azam Inqalabi demanded immediate release of all the Kashmiri detainees and repeal all black laws in occupied Kashmir.
Denouncing the recent incidents of the police and troops’ brutality, the Imam of Hazratbal Masjid, Basir Ahmad Farooqi has said that the killing of the Hurriyat leader, Sheikh Abdul Aziz and scores of peaceful protesters indicates a partisan approach by the occupation authorities towards the Hindu extremists. The spokesman of the Travel Agents Association of Kashmir in a statement also condemned the reign of terror let loose by the authorities in the Kashmir valley. He paid rich tributes to Sheikh Abdul Aziz and the scores of youth who laid down their lives in the present phase of on-going movement.
Government’s contrary claims on economic blockade and supplies notwithstanding, the Valley is facing acute shortage of rice, sugar, kerosene, LPG and other essential items, with most of the ration depots and shops running out of stocks. In the wake of the shortage of the essential commodities, people could be seen return empty handed from the ration depots here. The storekeepers at city’s ration depots said the sugar and rice stocks had fully exhausted almost a week back.
“The fresh supplies might be reaching to the Valley but we haven’t received any supplies for the past a month. The stocks we received exhausted last week,” said a store in charge at a ration depot in Soura. Similarly, the kerosene depots and many petrol pumps are running dry. The LPG retail outlets too are falling short of the demand.
In other areas of the city the situation is no different. The residents of many city areas including Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari and Soura said in absence of supplies to the food depots they had been left in lurch. “Everyday government makes announcements on radio and TV that enough supplies were reaching to the Valley, but there is no stock at the ration depots,” said Bilal Ahmad, a resident of Buchpora.
Due to the highway blockade and the ensuing shutdown, the stocks of the retailers too have exhausted. “Most of the shopkeepers have empty shops. To fetch half a quintal of rice I had to approach to more than a dozen shopkeepers,” said Muhammad Ayub of Safakadal. “Most of the stockiest and distributors here have a habit of maintaining fat stocks in view of the unreliable sole highway that mostly gets blocked during winters. But the stocks they had reserved too have been exhausted,” said Tufail Ahmad, a stockiest.-SANA