India increases restrictions in Kashmir following call for protests

:: Peoples Time Online ::

Authorities in the main city of Indian Kashmir tightened security ahead of Friday prayers after mob called for a protest march to a UN office, with streets bristling with paramilitary personnel and some blocked by checkpoints.

Posters appeared overnight this week in Srinagar, the Muslim-majority region’s main city, calling for a march to the office of the UN Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), to protest against India’s revocation of Jammu and Kashmir state’s special autonomy.

The call by the locals seeking Kashmir’s secession from India was the first since that decision on Aug 5, which brought communication and travel restrictions in Kashmir that are still largely in place. Some landlines were restored last week.

Peoples Time/jj

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