India Imposes Kashmir Clampdown To Head Off Eid Protests
Occupied Srinagar, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 12th Aug, 2019 ) :Indian troops clamped tight restrictions on mosques across Kashmir for Monday's Eid al-Adha festival, fearing anti-government protests over the stripping of the Muslim-majority region's autonomy, according to residents.
Kashmir police chief Dilbagh Singh said late Monday "Eid celebrations were peaceful today".
Regional inspector general of police Swayam Prakash Pani added that "there is only a couple of injuries which were reported, otherwise the entire valley, the situation is normal".
Internet and phone communications have been cut and tens of thousands of troop reinforcements have flooded the main city of Srinagar and other towns and villages in the Kashmir Valley.
"I can't believe we are forced to be in our homes on this festival. This is the festival of joy and happiness," resident Shanawaz Shah told AFP.
A petition against the lockdown filed by a political activist will be heard in the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
- Too scared to eat - Residents said the security crackdown had made them too fearful to celebrate.
A sheep trader at a Srinagar market, who gave his name as Maqbool, said the number of people buying animals for traditional feasts was sharply lower and he had gone from "huge profits" last year to a "big loss" this time.