Rahul Gandhi and Ghulam Nabi Azad, leaders of the Indian Opposition Congress, have announced that they will visit Srinagar to meet the detained political leaders and express solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
On the other hand, the Jammu and Kashmir administration has requested them not to come to the valley and cooperate with them.
According to BBC correspondent Shakeel Akhtar, a spokesman for the Jammu and Kashmir administration says that the visit of the leaders would violate the law and could worsen the situation.
It is thought that violent clashes between protesters and security forces took place in Surah area of Srinagar, the capital of Indian-administered Kashmir on Friday.
Congress leader Manis Tewari said at a press conference on Friday that if the situation in Kashmir was OK then why the government would not restore communication and end the lockdown. Earlier, senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has been sent back to Delhi from Srinagar and Jammu airport twice.
Opposition parties on Thursday protested against the arrest of political leaders outside the parliament. He demanded that political leaders and thousands of arrested youth be released immediately.
Opposition leaders are expected to leave for Srinagar early Saturday but maybe stopped at Srinagar airport and sent back to Delhi due to violation of Article 144 of the constitution. ۔
According to BBC correspondent Aamir Pirzada, Indian security forces opened fire on guns and tear gas shells to disperse the protesters in Surah on Friday while demonstrators were seen rocking the security forces.
Two people have also been injured in the clashes, but the BBC cannot confirm the total number of casualties.
No collision reports were received from any other area of Srinagar.
The BBC correspondent said that from around noon, people began gathering at the main courtyard for Friday prayers, which included men and women. He said that after Friday prayers, hundreds of people who attended the gathering chanted slogans in favor of Kashmir’s independence and then started a peaceful protest.
According to the BBC reporter, the demonstration was peaceful in the beginning, but the demonstration turned into a violent clash with security forces attempting to enter a street on the way, and the youths started stoning to stop the police. done.
The BBC correspondent said the clashes continued for two hours. According to him, locals in Sora have obstructed the entry of police and security forces into the central market.
He said all routes leading to the UN office were blocked due to rumors of a protest march called.
On the other hand, BBC correspondent Riaz Masur from Srinagar’s central mosque Dargah Hazrat Bil said that no large gathering of Friday prayers was allowed here and only locals were allowed to pray here. Allowed while the use of loudspeakers was not allowed in the meantime.
According to the BBC correspondent, normal life has been suspended for the last three weeks due to restrictions, restrictions, and restrictions. He said the sanctions had been eased over the past few days, but the restrictions and restrictions have been tightened by authorities again on Friday.
It is to be noted that this is the third consecutive Friday in the Indian-administered Kashmir when Friday prayers are not allowed in the main mosques and monasteries in the Valley.
The BBC correspondent also tried to find out details from Nohata, a historic mosque in the valley, but security forces did not allow them to be filmed and reported there.
BBC correspondents said that Friday prayers were allowed in central mosques in Kupwara, including Pulwama, Anantnag, Shopian, Bara Mulla, Kulgam and other areas of Kashmir, according to information received by the media. Not given
He added that ‘because of the tightening of the sanctions, the government has been reporting that some rumors have been circulating in the valley for the past two days and there have been posters in which the separatist leadership has called people to the UN. The military observers’ office had called for a protest march.
The government says the sanctions will be eased again by Saturday.
Riaz Masuror previously spoke on BBC Radio’s program ‘Half Day’, saying that the administration has stopped four of the five routes heading to the UN military observer’s office to stop the protesters from Thursday night. Were closed.
It is to be noted that after the start of the lockdown in the city, several people were injured in police shelling and pelting by the protesters at the anti-India protests at Sora.
This is the first time since the end of the special constitutional status of Kashmir on August 5 and the security lockdown already in the Valley that any such appeal has come to light.
According to the reporter, special security arrangements have been made in the Valley on Friday for fear of protests and personnel have been evacuated from areas where there are no reports of protests. ۔
He said that the landline service was restored in the valley four to five days ago, but today due to concerns, the landline has been cut off once again in sensitive areas and the only purpose is to do so. Don’t get in touch with each other.
In what areas can there be demonstrations?
Riaz Masuror said that the most famous area in terms of the protests is the new base area of Srinagar, where the famous Mosque of Srinagar is located. Here, the leaders of the Hurriyat Conference deliver sermons on Friday and usually after the prayer, anti-government processions leave the mosque.
He said that Dargah, on the other hand, is Hazrat Bil, which has the color of the National Conference and since all the leaders of the National Conference including Umar Abdullah and Farooq Abdullah are close, there is a possibility of a procession.
That is why today, not only in these areas, sanctions have been made in areas that are most influenced by separatists, but also in areas that are proximity to pro-Indian leaders.
Strict security arrangements
While the security arrangements on Friday are slightly higher than normal days in India-administered Kashmir, the situation on August 23 is as unusual as the tensions have been in the valley for the past three weeks, the correspondent said.
He said that although there was a severe blockade in Kashmir already, further arrangements have been made by the administration today.
“All the routes to get in and out of the area where there were fears of a procession have been blocked.”
Are mosques open in Kashmir?
Riaz Masuror said that the major mosques of all the districts of Srinagar, Shopian, Anantnag, Pulwama, Kupwara and Dargah Hazrat Bull are open under normal conditions in Kashmir, but closed in large cases in these circumstances.
When conditions are not normal, prayers are not allowed in these mosques and people are now being asked to pray in small mosques inside the settlements. The same was done on the occasion of Eid-ul-Adha and no major Eid gathering was allowed in Kashmir.
Appeal to end sanctions in Kashmir
Meanwhile, UN human rights experts have called on India to end media communications in Kashmir under its control and to stop peaceful protests.
According to a written statement issued by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, experts associated with the organization have expressed concern over the region’s imposition of sanctions after the elimination of special constitutional status of Jammu and Kashmir. Is likely to increase.
The statement is on the website of the company which states that according to reports from Kashmir, the communication system in Jammu and Kashmir has been almost completely shut down by the four dates of this month and the internet, mobile, landline, and cable network. Work service has also been disconnected.
Experts say, “The government’s shutdown of the Internet and communications systems for no reason is contrary to the basic principles of necessity and proportionality.”
“This closure is the equivalent of collective punishment for the people of Jammu and Kashmir without any crime.
The government had also imposed curfews in Jammu and Kashmir at different times and large numbers of troops were called to the Kashmir Valley to stop the movement and peaceful demonstrations.
“We want to remind Indian authorities that these sanctions are inappropriate.”
According to information from the Valley, arrests of political leaders, journalists, human rights activists, and protesters are on the rise. According to news agencies, more than 4,000 people have been detained so far.
Experts say they are deeply disturbed by the news that security personnel is raiding homes at night and arresting you.
According to experts, “these arrests fall into the category of human rights violations, and the authorities must investigate these allegations regularly and if they are confirmed, then those responsible should be prosecuted.”
Experts further said, “We are concerned about the allegations that some of the arrested people have nowhere to go and there are fears of forced disappearances.” They are likely to rise even further due to mass arrests and the closure of communications. ”
He also expressed concern over the use of excessive force against the protesters, including the use of bullets that could have led to the killings.
UN experts say that “India has a duty to minimize the use of force against protesters and use of weapons only when there is a fatal danger.”
Meanwhile, the World Organization for the Study of Genocide, Genocide Watch, warned of the genocide of Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir, saying that there are several indicators in Kashmir that suggest that there is a situation of genocide. Heading towards
The Genoa Side organization has applied a list of symptoms of genocidal conditions to Kashmir, said research expert on genocide, and says that Kashmir is currently moving towards genocide.
These symbols include premature genocide, repeated incidents of confrontation, promoting the ideology of extremist Hindutva, controlling the military, and shutting down media and communications.