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Kashmir Unrest: Locals set up Roadside Community Kitchens against curfew to feed patients

Locals are also funding the makeshift structures to be transported to the hospitals

  • The initiative has been serving food to the scores of patients and hundreds of attendants who were left helpless in the hospitals
  • Apparently, the hospitals had started to run out of food, since the place was flooded by attendants
  • Several Lungers in Srinagar (roadside kitchens) have been set up since then, which have been serving food to the hungry

Srinagar, July 12, 2016: Amid prevailing tension and violence in Kashmir Valley, the locals have come up together against curfew to help the victims.

Reportedly, people have started roadside community kitchens to feed those affected by the recent unrest in the state. These kitchens have been serving food to the scores of patients and hundreds of attendants who were left helpless in the hospitals.

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Apparently, the hospitals had started to run out of food, since the place was flooded by attendants when the locals stepped in. Curfew and restrictions added to the woes of the hospital authorities, making it all the more difficult to reach out to the food supplies.

After which the residents came out to support the authorities and fight the tough situation. Several Lungers in Srinagar (roadside kitchens) have been set up since then, which have been serving food to the hungry.

Speaking to India Today, a volunteer in one of the Lungers, said, “Like you know there is a crisis in the valley. People don’t have food to eat. We are helping by cooking here and then sending it to hospitals.”

Roadside Kitchen in Srinagar. Image Source: India Today
Roadside Kitchen in Srinagar. Image Source: India Today

There are several people who can be seen helping the victims by donating them rice, home cooked food and financially as well. Locals are also funding the makeshift structures to be transported to the hospitals.

Because the number of victims has crossed 1500, the hospitals in Kashmir are witnessing a huge influx of patients.

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Talking about the struggles the hospital authorities are facing, another volunteer claimed, “There is no government. Nobody is taking care. We are doing this for our people now.”

The valley is currently caught in crisis-like-situation that emerged with the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani in an encounter on July 8. The situation since then has been tense with mounting violent incidents and the death toll rising to 32.

– prepared by Bulbul Sharma, a staff-writer at NewsGram. Twitter handle: iBulbul_

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