ISLAMABAD: There was growing shortage of food and dairy items in Handwara and Kupwara as curfew continued to remain enforced in both the towns for the fifth consecutive day, on Monday.
Many residents told media persons over phone from Handwara and Kupwara that people were running short of essential supplies including ration, baby milk, LPG and medicines, KMS reported.
The authorities had imposed strict curfew in Handwara and Kupwara after killing of five civilians including a woman in firing by Indian troops in the areas. Due to restrictions people don’t have access to ration depots,hospitals and medical shops.
“My 19-day-old son is completely dependent on baby food but I am not able to get it for him,” said Inayatullah.
Sulaiman Mir of Mawar Langate said he managed to reach Handwara town thrice to get medicine for his ailing sister.But due to continuous closure of the pharmacies in the curfew-hit town he had to return empty handed.
Fayaz Ahmad Malik of Kupwara said they are facing tough times for the want of fresh vegetables and other essential food items.
“Our children are going without milk and vital vaccines while the sick are not able to get medicines which is a matter of serious concern,” said Javed Ahmad,a local from Bagatpora Handwara.