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Curfew continues on 9th day in IOK

SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, all communications and the internet remain cut off and curfew continues for the ninth consecutive day, today.

Indian troops clamped tight restrictions across Kashmir, fearing anti-India protests. Internet and phone communications have been cut and tens of thousands of troop reinforcements have flooded Srinagar and other parts of the Kashmir Valley and Doda and Kisthwar areas of Jammu region.

The personnel of Central Reserve Police Force, Border Security Force and police are deployed in large numbers at all places.

Meanwhile, roads and mosques in Srinagar wore a deserted look on Eid day, yesterday as no big or small gatherings were allowed anywhere in Srinagar and other parts of the valley.

International news organization, Reuters, in its report on Eid day said shops were shut, their shutters and walls carrying anti-India graffiti including, “Go India Go Back” and “We Want Freedom”.

Several paramilitary and police officials referred to the restrictions as a “curfew” in conversations with Reuters reporters. India’s official stance is that there are restrictions, but no curfew. The restrictions in Srinagar were the city’s tightest ever, two paramilitary officials informed the news agency.

Police and troops, many wearing heavy riot gear, dotted silent streets where checkpoints had been added around midnight, with more concertina wire laid out to create barricades. Source-KMS

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