India to ease Kashmir curfew after Independence Day

India to ease Kashmir curfew after Independence Day

New Delhi - "We don't want to give that instrument to the enemy until things settle down."



By AFP

Published: Wed 14 Aug 2019, 11:33 PM

Last updated: Thu 15 Aug 2019, 1:35 AM

India's crippling 10-day-old curfew in Kashmir will ease after Thursday, according to the state governor, but phone lines and the Internet will remain cut.

India shut off communications and severely restricted movement in the part of Kashmir it controls on August 4, a day before New Delhi stripped the Muslim-majority region of its autonomy.

Fearing protests and unrest in the long-restive region, tens of thousands of extra Indian troops have been deployed, turning the picturesque main city of Srinagar into a warren of barbed wire and barricades.

While rules on the movement of people would be eased after India's Independence Day celebrations on Thursday, state Governor Satya Pal Malik said that phone lines and the Internet would remain down.

"We don't want to give that instrument to the enemy until things settle down," Malik told the Times of India. "In a week or 10 days, everything will be alright and we will gradually open lines of communication."


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