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India cracks down on Kashmir ahead of Muslim Eid festival

2019-08-12 08:42:05       source:NBC News

August 11, 2019

SRINAGAR — Indian authorities reimposed some restrictions in parts of Kashmir on Sunday ahead of the Muslim festival Eid, amid fears that large gatherings could trigger renewed protests against Delhi's withdrawal of special rights for the region.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government locked down the Muslim-majority region last Sunday, cutting off communications, detaining more than 300 political leaders and activists, and putting a 'virtual curfew' into force with numerous police and army roadblocks stopping movement by many residents.

Seeking to tighten its grip on the region also claimed by neighboring Pakistan, India scrapped Jammu and Kashmir's right to frame its own laws and allowed non-residents to buy property there.

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