Heightened Security Measures and Internet Shutdown in IIOJK causing Distress among the LocalsDecember 27, 2023
In a move that has further compounded the challenges faced by the people of the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), heavy deployment of Indian forces’ personnel has been witnessed in the Rajouri and Poonch districts. This development precedes the scheduled visit of Indian Defence Minister, Rajnath Singh, intensifying security arrangements and causing distress among the local populace.
According to reports, officials have indicated a bolstering of security measures in the twin districts to ensure the seamless conduct of Rajnath Singh’s visit. Searches and other precautionary measures have been implemented to maintain order during the minister’s presence in the region. The increased military presence, however, has raised concerns among residents about potential disruptions and the overall impact on their daily lives.
Adding to the woes of the people, mobile internet services have remained suspended for the fifth consecutive day in Rajouri and Poonch. The suspension, initiated in the wake of the tragic death of three civilians in the custody of Indian troops, has endured, exacerbating the difficulties faced by the local population. The denial of internet access not only hampers communication but also restricts access to crucial information, further isolating the affected communities.
This situation underscores the complex and volatile environment in IIOJK, where security concerns often lead to stringent measures that impact the lives of ordinary citizens. The deployment of forces and the internet shutdown reflect the challenges inherent in balancing security needs with the rights and well-being of the local population. As the region grapples with these issues, there is a growing call for a comprehensive and inclusive approach that addresses the concerns of all stakeholders in a manner that respects human rights and promotes lasting peace.