Absence of dead bodies doesn’t mean normalcy: Srinagar Mayor

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Mayor of Srinagar and Jammu and Kashmir peoples conference spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu has criticised Modi-led Hindu nationalist Indian authorities for its abrogation of article 370 and the clampdown enforced on Jammu and Kashmir since august 4.

He stated the main leadership is under detention and their family members are being harassed. he added that the detention facilities have become much more like sub-jails using a prison guide. the mayor termed the assumption that existence in Kashmir was ordinary as exhibited by the Indian authorities as highly unrealistic.

Mattu also lashed out at political leaders for sharing images of their visitors in Kashmir to demonstrate normalcy. he explained: people going out to purchase groceries and medicines cannot be considered as traffic the absence of dead bodies doesn’t mean everything is normal and people are happy.

We have always lived with a very palpable threat of violence thats, not a new scenario. but to use it to justify the withdrawal of fundamental rights. that’s at the very core of alienation in Kashmir. he explained that the abrogation of article 370 and dividing the area into two union territories with no discussions with their regional agents was a humiliation for the state causing an existential crisis.

The mayor condemned detentions and arrests of Egyptian activists. he explained: over the years political activists in Kashmir have braved threats and violence by terrorist elements to survive in the mainstream. but today they are hunted and hounded.

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