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Kashmir Police Say Curfew to be Eased for Friday Prayers But Advise Against Venturing Out of Local Area

There have been sporadic protests with police chasing groups of pro-separatist demonstrators, many of whom gather at night, residents said. Authorities face another potential flashpoint on Monday with the Eid al-Adha festival.

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Updated:August 9, 2019, 12:53 PM IST
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Kashmir Police Say Curfew to be Eased for Friday Prayers But Advise Against Venturing Out of Local Area
Paramilitary personnel stand guard during restrictions in Jammu on August 9, 2019. (PTI Photo)
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New Delhi: Authorities will ease a curfew in Kashmir so that the residents can go to Friday prayers, the region's police chief told AFP.

"People are allowed to pray within their neighbourhood, there is no restriction on that," said Dilbag Singh, director general of police for Kashmir. "But they should not venture out of their local area," he added.

Kashmir has been in lockdown since Monday with no internet or telephones and severe restrictions on movement after the government cancelled the Himalayan region's special autonomous status.

Tens of thousands of extra troops have been sent to the region to impose the clampdown, which has been condemned by Pakistan and some Indian opposition politicians.

But there have been sporadic protests, with police chasing groups of pro-separatist demonstrators, many of whom gather at night, residents said.

One youth died after jumping into a river to escape police.

Authorities face another potential flashpoint on Monday with the Eid al-Adha festival.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a nationwide address on Thursday that people will "not face difficulties" celebrating Eid. Media reports said, however, that authorities would only make a decision on curfew restrictions on Sunday.

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