Killing continues as Indian troops killed six more innocent people in occupied Kashmir in fresh act of state terrorism.
Authorities in Indian occupied Kashmir tightened restrictions on people’s movements on Saturday to prevent possible protests triggered by a speech by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
PM Imran, in an address to the United Nations General Assembly on Friday, warned there would be a bloodbath once India lifts its restrictions in occupied Kashmir which have been in force since it revoked the region’s decades-old autonomy in August and detained thousands of people.
Soon after the speech, hundreds of Kashmiris came out of their homes, shouting slogans in support of PM Imran late on Friday night and calling for the independence of Kashmir.
On Saturday, police vans fitted with speakers made public announcements in some parts of Srinagar about movement restrictions, while additional troops were deployed to prevent any protests, according to officials and two witnesses.
The troops also blocked access to the main business centre of Srinagar with razor wire.
Muslim-majority Kashmir has long been a flashpoint between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan, which have fought two of their three wars over the divided territory. Both countries rule parts of Kashmir while claiming it in full.
India’s crackdown as it revoked occupied Kashmir’s special status was accompanied by severe restrictions on movement, as well as disconnection of telephone services, with mobile and internet connections suspended.
While warning of the consequences of lifting what he described as an “inhuman curfew,” PM Imran demanded India do so and free all detainees.
In some areas in occupied Kashmir including the Soura region near Srinagar which has witnessed protests in the past against India’s decision people clashed with security forces by pelting stones on Friday night, forcing police to use tear gas to disperse them, said the Indian official.
PM Imran addressed the United Nations a day after the senior US diplomat for South Asia called for a lowering of rhetoric between India and Pakistan while saying that Washington hoped to see rapid action by India to lift restrictions it has imposed in occupied Kashmir and the release of detainees there.
Killing continues in occupied Kashmir while India keep on sending troops in the disputed valley.