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Mamata speaks out about human rights violations in Kashmir

  • Published at 06:15 pm August 19th, 2019
Mamata Banerjee
Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal and chief of Trinamool Congress, gestures as she talks to media in Kolkata, India, May 19, 2019 Reuters

India on August 5 ended the special constitutional status of Muslim-majority Kashmir, where a 30-year-old uprising against Indian rule has killed tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians

Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of eastern Indian state of West Bengal on Monday raised voice against the human rights violation in the Kashmir while asserting that Human rights is a very essential part of the society. 

Mamata, who has been critical of the Indian government's move on Kashmir of scrapping Article 370, hit out at the Narendra Modi-led Hindu nationalist government and alleged that peace has been disrupted in the Himalayan valley.

Mamata tweeted: “Today is World Humanitarian Day. Human rights have been totally violated in Kashmir. Let us pray for human rights and peace in Kashmir.”

Adding that the subject was very close to her heart and she had in past also taken to the roads for the cause, she added, “Human rights are a subject very close to my heart. In 1995, I was on the road for 21 days to protect human rights violations against deaths in lock-ups.”

India on August 5 ended the special constitutional status of Muslim-majority Kashmir, where a 30-year-old uprising against Indian rule has killed tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians.

Hours before its move, India severely curtailed movement and shut down phones and the internet, bringing in tens of thousands of troops to turn the main city of Srinagar into a fortress.

Some 120,000 extra soldiers have been deployed, a security source told AFP, joining around 500,000 already in the northern Himalayan region divided with Pakistan since 1947.

At least 4,000 people have also been detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA), which allows imprisonment for up to two years without charge or trial, government sources said.