Kashmir’s Communications Partially Restored, says India

Lockdown continued for a 14th consecutive day in occupied Kashmir

Lockdown continued for a 14th consecutive day in occupied Kashmir to prevent people from holding demonstrations against India’s move to revoke the special status of the occupied valley.

However, landline telephone services are being restored to parts of Indian-occupied Kashmir, according to the Indian government.

Dilbag Singh, police chief of the Jammu and Kashmir state, told that 17 out of approximately 100 telephone exchanges for landlines were restored in the mainly-Muslim Kashmir Valley.

Mobile internet has also been restored to five areas in the Hindu-dominated Jammu region, he added.

The Indian government says that restrictions are being lifted from 35 police stations across the Kashmir Valley, while schools are due to reopen from Monday, along with government offices.

But roughly two dozen people reported in Srinagar that their landlines were still dead.

According to reports, the curbs were only eased in the Jammu region and many areas of the Kashmir Valley were still “reeling” under the impact of the lockdown.

While, hundreds of people, including local politicians remain in detention.

There was some movement of private vehicles in the civil lines area and other district headquarters of the Valley, the officials said, adding some shops in the civil lines areas of the city opened on Saturday morning. However, most of the business establishments, including fuel stations, remained shut.

Most of the area has been in lockdown since Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi decided to strip the region of its special status earlier this month.



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