NAPM team not allowed entry to J&K

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NAPM team not allowed entry to J&K

Monday, 07 October 2019 | PNS | BHUBANESWAR

The National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPC) on Sunday severely criticised the Union Government for not allowing its members to enter Jammu & Kashmir to make a study on the situation there in the aftermath of the abrogation of Articles 370 and 35 (A) of the Constitution.

In protest against stopping the NAPM delegation at Srinagar, various organisatonns held a rally here on Sunday.

The delegation comprising Prafulla Samantara of the Lok Shakti Abhiyan, Faisal Khan and Mohammad Javed Malik of the Khudai Khidmatgar, Delhi, Sandeep Pandey of the Socialist Party (India) and Musthafa Mohamed of the Khudai Khidmatgar, Kerala was detained at the Srinagar airport on Friday and sent back to Delhi, informed Samantara.

Notices issued in the names of Samantara, Khan and Pandey by the Badgam district administration said that there was 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 and hence their entry into Jammu & Kashmir was being restricted till further order.

The NAPM delegation was planning to visit Jammu & Kashmir for two days and wasn’t planning to organise any protests or hold any meetings, said Samantara.

“The Prime Minister’s claim that everything is alright in India is not true. Why the Government still maintains clampdown there even two months after abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A,” he wanted to know.

He said 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.

Some schools are being used as camps for para-military forces. Most markets are still closed.

Petrol pumps open for a few hours every day.

The fruit growers are finding it difficult to sell their produce. People are not free to move

about freely.

The Central Government has to trust the people of Jammu & Kashmir. All communications restrictions have to be lifted.

The people of the region should be freed from a caged life, demanded Samantara.

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