Kashmiris slam 'prison days' over Indian curfew

Indian authorities extended a curfew in Kashmir that Kashmiris say thay lived in a prison.

Kashmiris slam 'prison days' over Indian curfew


Indian authorities extended a curfew in Kashmir on Thursday that Kashmiris say thay lived in a prison.   

"We are in a prison for the last several days. We don't have enough food at home to feed our families," Nadish Mir, a government employee, told Reuters by telephone.

Kashmir's summer capital Srinagar was kept under curfew for a third-straight day as soldiers patrolled streets.


Shops and schools were closed while all the streets ringed with barbed wire and roadblocks were deserted.

The protests were fuelled by the death of a 17-year-old student hit by a teargas shell fired by police during an anti-India demonstration in mid-June.


New Delhi has deployed the army. Tens of thousands of Indian soldiers patrolled the streets in Srinagar and all other major cities and towns to prevent people from holding anti-India demonstrations, according to Kashmir Media Service.

Kashmir University had to cancel all scheduled examinations and various professional exams by Kashmiri public service commission have been postponed, the report said.

Police said the curfew had been briefly relaxed on Thursday morning in some villages in north and south Kashmir to allow people to buy provisions. A fresh curfew was clamped in Baramula, Sopore and Ganderbal towns.


The lockdown was criticised by pro-independent leaders.

"Unfortunately military measures will no way be able to break the will of the Kashmiri people to continue their liberation struggle," said Hurriyet (Freedom) leader Mirwaiz Omar Farooq who continued to remain under house arrest for the third consecutive day.

An ailing woman from Kupwara district died on way to Srinagar when the paramilitary troops stopped the ambulance ferrying her in Sopore.


The Himalayan region is at the heart of a decades-long dispute between India and Pakistan, who have fought two of their three wars over the issue since they won freedom from British rule in 1947.

The two countries' foreign ministers are due to hold talks in Islamabad on July 15, the first major talks since the 2008 Mumbai attacks.

Kashmiris see India as an “occupier” and accuse the ruling of systematic violations, killing dozens of civilians in Himalayan region.

Tens of thousands of Muslims have been killed since pro-independent moves grew against Indian rule in 1989.


Güncelleme Tarihi: 08 Temmuz 2010, 15:38