Srinagar, February 13: In occupied Kashmir, protests, curfew, restrictions and arrests are back in the valley, with most parts of the valley including capital Srinagar remaining under severe curfew restrictions, writes Valley-based Kashmir Monitor in its editorial.
The paper maintains that over 500 young persons have been arrested across the valley as a part of authorities’ plan to crush dissent on streets.
“Almost all major towns and district headquarters remained shut since Sunday as the authorities imposed restrictions on all types of movement,” it adds.
The newspaper deplores that the authorities have replaced the word curfew with section 144 of RPC. The section 144 disallows assembly of five or more persons at a given place without hampering the civilian movement in the market places and streets.
“But since rules and laws are implemented in Kashmir according to the definition that fits the authorities, section 144 has always meant curfew for the people here,” it says. (KMS)