Kashmiris Observe Eid Amid Lockdown

People in Indian-administered Kashmir observed the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha amid a communications blackout and tight security on Monday.

BBC reporters in the region say many offered prayers at local mosques as the main mosque in the capital, Srinagar, was out of bounds.

Some protests were reported in the Soura area of the city but the festival was largely peaceful, officials said.

The area has been under lockdown since India revoked its special status.

Article 370, as the law is known, gave the state of Jammu and Kashmir considerable autonomy - its own constitution, a separate flag and freedom to make laws. Foreign affairs, defence and communications remained the preserve of the central government.

Its revocation has caused considerable anger in the region, which Pakistan and India both claim in full but control in part.

India deployed tens of thousands of troops to Muslim-majority Jammu and Kashmir ahead of last week's announcement that special status was to be revoked.



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