Three Panchayat members, two present and a former, from Jammu and Kashmir on Monday (August 26) denied the claims of governor Satya Pal Malik that food rations are being distributed door-to-door to people and that there are no major disruptions, according to TOI.
Panchayat members Iqbal Ahmed, Talib Hussian Bajran and Mumtaz Ahmed Khan said they travelled from J&K to Delhi for the sole purpose of “Exposing the Government” and let the world know their stories.
The trio approached CPM leaders for an audience while claiming that they are not aligned with any political faction and would ask other parties to listen to their stories.
Ahmed said people in Kashmir are facing scarcity of basic essential commodities. There is a dearth of resources like flour, rice, basic medicines, baby food and other essential items. Conditions are worse for tribals settled in far-flung regions, he added.
“The local administration tells us they have no food stocks. Transport facilities are hit and what little is available gets exhausted in 15 days. Daily wagers are out of jobs, the agriculture produce have rotted, schools are running empty, and you need curfew passes to move around, metamorphosing homes into jails in the far out regions of Kashmir,” Ahmed said.
Bajran, from Bakarwal tribe, said Kashmiris are feeling more disenfranchised now than ever before. He also claimed over 1,600 people are in detention in Kashmir since Article 370 was scrapped on August 5. He said anger and street protests are reflected in hospitals and treating such injuries.