Monday, October 07, 2019

Activists detained at Srinagar airport say claims of normalcy are hollow

New Delhi: A delegation facilitated by National Alliance of People's Movements (NAPM), including Prafulla Samantara of Lok Shakti Abhiyan, Odisha, Faisal Khan of Khudai Khidmatgar, Delhi, Dr. Sandeep Pandey of Socialist Party (India), Mohammad Javed Malik of Khudai Khidmatgar, Delhi and Musthafa Mohamed, Khudai Khidmatgar, Kerala were detained at Srinagar airport on the morning of October 4, 2019 by the District administration of Budgam and then forcibly returned to Delhi in the evening.
Addressing a press conference at Press Club of India here today, the returned activists informed that individual notices in the name of Prafulla Samantara, Faisal Khan and Sandeep Pandey were issued by District Magistrate of Budgam states an apprehension that these activists would organise a protest in Srinagar on the issue of abrogation of Article 370, which could pose a threat to law and order. The notice also said that their entry into Jammu & Kashmir is being restricted till further orders. The administration was also on the look out for senior NAPM activist Arundhati Dhuru, who had no plans to join this delegation, they said.
“As members of the delegation, we would like to strictly clarify that the NAPM delegation had prepared to visit J&K for two days and wasn't planning to organise any protests or hold any meetings. It was merely planning to meet some common people to find out what hardships they were subjected to because of the various restrictions and lockdown imposed on the people of J&K,” they clarified.
They called it an irony that while the union government is claiming and the Prime Minister has declared in several languages from Houston that 'everything is all right,' the ground reality is quite different. “Otherwise, why should the government have to maintain the clampdown even two months after the decision taken to abrogate Articles 370 and 35A as well as division of state of J&K into two parts, downgrading both of them to union territories. There would not have been a need to prevent groups like NAPM from visiting J&K,” they said.
The activists said that the government is desperately trying to open the schools in Kashmir Division but parents find it difficult to send children because of uncertainty related to transportation. They said, “It is also the case that some schools are being used as camps for para-military forces. Most markets are still closed. Some shops open but only during morning 6 am to 9 am hours. Petrol pumps also open for a few hours every day. The fruit growers are finding it difficult to sell their produce to their customary buyers. Even though the government has agreed to buy their produce but the entire trade and market has been disrupted.”
06/10/19 Kashmir Times

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