116 days of communication blockade since August 5, postpaid mobile services restored, internet and prepaid mobile services still down
In this segment of Voices from the Lockdown, where we are focussing on the situation in North Kashmir, we will speak to Daanish Bin Nabi about where things stand in the District of Kupwara.
Kupwara is a District which used to be at the centre of militant activity for the longest time. Similar to what happened in Baramulla, which we discussed at length yesterday, the District was heavily militarised after the 1990’s. Following this, Kupwara remained distant from what was happening in other parts of rest of Kashmir. For the first time in years, Kupwara witnessed a complete shutdown for three months after the Indian government’s August 5 decision to abrogate Article 370.
In this episode, we will also playback interviews with residents of Kupwara about how they view this unprecedented shutdown in Kupwara. One of them, a student who wishes to remain anonymous, talks to us about how her trust in regional parties stand vitiated.