India reimposes restrictions in parts of Kashmir ahead of Eid al-Adha

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    Some restrictions have been reimposed in parts of Kashmir ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha.

    Reports indicate that Indian authorities made the move in light of fears that large gatherings could trigger renewed protests against Delhi’s withdrawal of special status rights for the region.

    The area was reportedly locked down a week ago, cutting off communications, detaining over 300 political leaders and activists and putting a ‘virtual curfew’ into force.

    As India seeks to tighten its grip on the region, also claimed by Pakistan, it scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s right to make its own laws and allowed non-residents to buy property there.

    However, on Friday, restrictions on movement in some parts of the Himalayan region’s main city of Srinagar were relaxed, with people pouring out on to the streets to stock up on provisions.

    But protests erupted after Friday prayers, with pro-independence youth protesting before being repelled by tear gas and pellets.