AFP: India imposes Kashmir clampdown on Eid, rejects China criticism13 August 2019 | 00:04 | FOCUS News Agency
The Himalayan region's biggest mosque, the Jama Masjid, was ordered shut and people were only allowed to pray in smaller local mosques so that no big crowds could gather, witnesses said.
"Eid celebrations were peaceful today," Kashmir police chief Dilbagh Singh said late Monday.
"There was a stray protest in Srinagar but nothing major," he told AFP.
Regional inspector general of police Swayam Prakash Pani added that there were "only a couple of injuries" reported, adding: "Otherwise, the entire valley -- the situation is normal."
Kashmir has been in a security lockdown for eight days as the Hindu nationalist government in New Delhi seeks to snuff out opposition to its move to impose tighter central control over the Muslim-majority region.
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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi insisted last week the decision to strip Kashmir of its autonomy was necessary for its economic development, and to stop "terrorism".
On Monday, India's richest man Mukesh Ambani said at Reliance's annual general meeting in Mumbai that his firm would heed Modi's call for private investment in Kashmir with announcements to be made in the coming days, Indian media reported.
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