Restrictions reimposed again in Kashmir

Streets in Jammu and Kashmir were deserted today as Eid-al-Adha celebrations took place under severe security restrictions, especially in Srinagar. Eid prayers have not been allowed in most mosques in Srinagar, where curfew-like curbs were re-imposed on Sunday amid fear of violence.

Eid prayers were held in smaller mosques in neighbourhoods, according to photos shared by the government. Politicians including former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, who have been under arrest since last week, would be allowed to offer prayers in nearby mosques, officials said.

Tough restrictions returned as the government said sporadic clashes took place in Srinagar after security was eased on Saturday. Large parts of the state have been under a security lockdown since last week, when the government scrapped special status to Jammu and Kashmir and decided to split the state into two union territories.

People in Srinagar had come out in large numbers to shop for Eid on Sunday before the restrictions were back. “People are coming out and shopping for Eid. A large number of people came out today. Wherever there were restrictions, they were relaxed. We’re trying to facilitate people who want to travel to Srinagar to meet their dear ones,” said Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary, Planning Commission.

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