It is 60 days into lockdown in Kashmir since the internet and communication were blocked off. Basharat Amin, gave us ground reports from Shopian, Kashmir.
Barren roads, no public transportation, mobile services are snapped, school and colleges are shut, Kashmir is still as silent as a grave. Meanwhile, normal life remains severely affected across the valley due to shutdown, as it marked the 60th day, with no conclusion to Kashmir’s dilemma.
Our community Correspondent, Basharat reported that markets, shops and other small business establishments across are shut, and public transportation is off the road. There are a few places where fruit sellers are plying, but people themselves are afraid to come out on roads. The functioning of schools and colleges are also terminated, and so are the government offices, Basharat added.
Normal banking activities are on hold, as all the banks are closed across the valley. The cash supply in the ATMs is limited, forcing people to stand in a queue for hours for cash withdrawals. We can see trucks loaded with essential supplies are standing on the side of the roads unattended. The ongoing blockade is affecting not only people, but also their business, education, emergency medical assistance and economy too. Basharat tried to capture more people who can voice out the difficulties they are facing. However, people are scared to say anything on camera at this moment when there is a civil unrest or political instability in Kashmir.
As people in Kashmir are still waiting in chaos and hope, for the government’s resumption, the mayhem continues.
Basharat had to send the video to Delhi, through a person, who then sent the video report to VV.
Video is made by Community Correspondent Basharat Amin.
Article by Grace Jolliffe, a Member of VV Editorial Team.