The security forces on Friday imposed stiff new restrictions on Indian-Occupied Kashmir (IOK), fearing protests ahead of UN speeches by Indian and Pakistani leaders at the United Nations General Assembly.
“There were worries about big protests after Friday prayers. Similar restrictions are in place in other towns and areas,” an IOK police officer international media on condition of anonymity. Barricades were erected on the roads and bridges in occupied Srinagar, while security forces in bullet-proofing guarded the deserted streets, following the order to stop any public gathering.
On Saturday, according to officials, 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.
The residence of IoK seeks difficulties to move from one place to another because of the barriers created by troops, also blocked access to the main business center of Srinagar with razor wire.
“This was necessitated after protests across Srinagar city last night soon after Imran Khan’s speech,” said a police official, who declined to be identified.
Gatherings of more than four people have been banned since the August crackdown, which also resulted in the removal of Internet and mobile services. The soldiers were stationed outside the main Jama mosque, the Srinagar Mosque, which normally has tens of thousands of worshipers on a Friday, but has been closed since the lockdown began. Schools and colleges also remained closed, along with shops and many businesses.
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