Halting school buses, ambulances for Indian forces’ convoys

Srinagar, March 15, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Human Rights Commission has directed the Director General of Police to respond to a plea which calls for exempting school buses and ambulances from traffic restrictions during movement of Indian forces’ convoys.

After the February 14 Pulwama incident, the authorities had announced that civilian vehicles would have to stop when Indian forces’ convoys pass by. The directives of the Commission came after rights activist, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, filed the petition seeking the exemption.

“Movement of vehicles including school buses and ambulances is halted and the general public faces tremendous hardships particularly the school-going children, employees and patients,” read the petition, while pleading for exempting school buses and ambulances from the ambit of restrictions. The petition stated that restriction on the movement of school buses amounts to denying schoolchildren their right to education as they have to wait for hours together on the roads during convoy movement.

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