Monday, May 25, 2020
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“Was shot dead while uncle was showing ID card”: Family of 26-yr-old civilian killed...

“He was not a militant. He was innocent. Innocent! Innocent! My brother was innocent, and they killed him.”
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“Shoved gun barrels in mouths, tied civilians to tree”: A ransacked Budgam village

When the troops raided their neighbours, “my father and I locked our door, and hid in the attic,” says 12-year-old Muntazir Ahmad Mir. “The forces kept saying, ‘Saalo, baahar niklo!’”
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Clampdown’s ghost haunts Kashmiris in another communication gag

The trademark move of communication gag came after the operational commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, Riyaz Naikoo, was killed in a gunfight in Pulwama.
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Pellet-hit, bloodied, face with no name: Inside hospital after Pulwama gunfight

Nobody knew his name. His bandaged face was soaked in blood; he couldn’t speak either—the blood had dried up and sealed his lips.
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Kashmir’s ill-armed front against COVID-19: A nurse’s tale of survival

A voice dutifully informed her that a patient whose blood samples she had taken earlier that day for a malaria test had instead shown symptoms for COVID-19. “Be cautious,” the line hung up.
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Journalism under Big Brother’s jackboot: patrolling the internet to stem thought crimes

In Kashmir, the Indian establishment is curbing freedom of the press in the same breath as it vows to defend it. It is the only explanation for its priorities – interrogating journalists over what the police has slyly termed “fake news” and “glorification of terrorism” – amid a spreading pandemic.
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“Ghosts haunted me… cell was a cage”: Kashmiri journalist’s 9-months in jail

Kashmiri journalist Qazi Shibli returned home on the first day of the month of Ramzan after spending nine-months in jail.
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“Nothing left here except pain”: Migrant worker’s quest for food in COVID-19 lockdown

“We won’t come back next year. We will stay at home in our village and find some work there. Maybe we will open a shop. There is nothing left here except pain.”
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Kashmir’s press was battered. Then came UAPA.

"It’s being done to create fear [among journalists], and in the Valley there’s already a lot of fear."

Kashmir struggles to educate its young with glitchy classes

Despite continued pressure in the pandemic to remove its eight-month-long restrictions on internet connectivity, the J-K administration continues to allow mobile internet at only 2G speed.