Curfew

The Indian authorities cracked down on the pro-independence movement today by imposing a curfew in Srinagar and other towns in Kashmir. According to locals, Indian forces forbid people to leave their homes. This was denied by the government though.

The Kashmir Coordination Committee (KCC), a union of various pro-independence groups, had announced a march from the Jamia Masjid to comemorate the people killed on 6 November 1947 and to protest against the coming elections. Police and paramilitary forces had been moved into Srinagar yesterday and today the whole city is under a blockade. According to The Kashmir Observer, only Indian troops can be seen on the streets.

The leader of Hurriyat (M), Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, has been put under house arrest, as well as Maulana Abbas Ansari, Agha Syed Hassan, Sajjad Ghani Lone, Javed Ahmad Mir, Bilal Ghani Lone, Zaffar Akbar Bhat and Bar president, Mian Abdul Qayoom.

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