End this fearful situation: KCSDS to govt

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SRINAGAR: Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies (KCSDS) has come down heavily upon New Delhi and state government for launching what it termed as multi-pronged undeclared psychological and military, media and constitutional offensive against an entire populace in the valley.

KCSDS in a statement said every soul in Kashmir has been put on tenterhooks, in a state of ominous tortuous wait of the frightful tomorrow.

“The massive crackdown on an almost politically dormant religious party, rounding up hundreds of youth and resistance leaders and activists throughout the valley and airdropping 100 companies of CRPF overnight to supplement already swelling numbers of armed forces gratuitously, is to instil extreme fear and create panic to subdue and strangulate an entire population and, third, the attack on the freedom of press to put embargo on truthful reportage of Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Reader by way of arm-twisting to reap electoral dividends in coming elections,” the statement said.

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It said the belated assurance by the governor to people that there is nothing to panic is a “cruel joke”.

“At a time when people were still recovering from Pulwama shock and its aftermath in the fanatic violent terrorist inexplicable backlash on our students and traders in Jammu and northern India at the hands of rightwing goons, the government’s massive offensive comes as an institutional parallel collective revenge against people for the sins they have never committed,” it said.

KCSDS also slammed the “crackdown” on Greater Kashmir and Kashmir Reader, terming it as “information embargo meant to stop reporters to truthfully report the happenings in the state”.

“The three-pronged attack must end immediately without further delay. Govt must end this fearful situation, release all the youth and Jama’at members and resistance activists who have been rounded up and immediately demilitarise the entire civilian space to let us breathe in a free atmosphere,” KCSDS said.