A year when courts failed to hear petitions and left jailed Kashmiris at the mercy of the government - ToP NewS

A year when courts failed to hear petitions and left jailed Kashmiris at the mercy of the government

Last year on August 5, recalls 27-year-old Faisal Aslam Mir, he had stepped out to buy medicines for his mother. Kashmir was already under a blanket of restrictions – all communication lines had been snapped, an undeclared curfew was in place, paramilitary troops had taken over the streets, Srinagar had disappeared in a haze of concertina wiring. Maisuma, the densely packed locality where Mir lives, is in the heart of the city. Mir decided to brave the restrictions.

“I was picked up by the police and taken to Maisuma police station,” said Mir, now back in his home in Maisuma. “Initially, I thought they would let me go by evening but then it struck me that August 15 is not away. I got a feeling that they would let me go after August 15.”

Mir did not yet know that the Centre had announced sweeping changes to Jammu and Kashmir that morning. The state was to be stripped of special status under Article 370. The government had repealed Article 35A, the law which empowered the state’s legislative assembly to define “permanent residents” of Jammu and Kashmir and reserve for them certain rights, such as the right to hold government jobs and own land...

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