Recalling a conversation with his brother Muzaffar, Riyaz Ahmad Rather said that till last month he was hopeful of being released, and had told him to come to Kolkata so that both could return together
Kashmir erupted in protests after the July 8 killing of Burhan Wani. Since then, more than 10,000 people have received pellet injuries, as per hospital records, with more than 1,000 hit in the eye. Of them, at least seven have lost vision in both eyes
The rights watchdog accused security forces of using "intimidation tactics" against medical workers attempting to treat the injured, and also preventing doctors from reaching the hospitals where they work.
Referring to the protests of 2008 and floods of 2014, the separatist leaders said that the people of Kashmir had always “respected, safeguarded and served our guests during the hardest of times and worst calamities”.