ISLAMABAD: Indian occupied Kashmir has remained under a communication lockdown for the 49th successive day on Sunday, with military troops patrolling and picketing the streets.
On August 5, the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi stripped Kashmiris of the constitutional rights they had for seven decades through a rushed presidential order. An indefinite curfew was imposed in occupied Kashmir and elected leaders were put under house arrest.
At least 500 incidents of protest have broken out in Indian-administered Kashmir since New Delhi stripped the region of its autonomy and imposed a military clampdown more than three weeks ago, a senior government official has told the AFP news agency.
The Kashmir valley is under a strict lockdown, imposed hours before India’s decision to bring Kashmir under its direct rule.
Movements are restricted in the region and phone and internet services have been cut. Police have been using pellet guns and tear gas to disperse crowds of protesters in the main city of Srinagar.