In occupied Kashmir, Indian troops in their fresh act of state terrorism martyred a Kashmiri youth in Sopore town today amid lockdown imposed by India that entered 38th straight day today (Wednesday).
The youth identified as Asif Maqbool was travelling in a car when the troops opened fire on the vehicle, resulting in his killing.
Meanwhile, military siege along with communication blockade continued on 38th consecutive day, today, in the Kashmir valley and parts of Jammu region. Markets and other business establishments remained closed while public transport continued to be off the roads.
Journalists, students, businessmen and patients are bearing the brunt of unprecedented curfew and communication blackout as internet, mobile and landline services remained suspended while TV channels continued to remain closed from 5th of August when India scrapped the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.
People continued to face shortage of essential commodities including baby food, milk and life-saving drugs as an acute humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Kashmir due to the clampdown.
On the other hand Two Muslim leaders from Jammu, Muhammad Hanif Kalas and Irshad Ahmad Malik, in a joint statement issued in Jammu at the end of their recent visit to Chenab valley said that deployment of Indian troops and police personnel in each and every nook had virtually turned the entire valley into a big jail.
Earlier, Bharatiya Janata Party leader and former Indian minister Anant Kumar Hegde in a video message on social networking site Twitter asked Indian Administrative Service officer, Sasi Kanth Senthil, who resigned in protest over Indian brutalities in occupied Kashmir, to go to Pakistan.