By Reuters | August 20, 2019 at 12:37 pm By Devjyot Ghoshal and Fayaz Bukhari | Reuters SRINAGAR, India – India further eased movement restrictions in Kashmir’s main city Srinagar on Tuesday, even as large swathes of the historically-restive old quarter remained locked down to curb protests over New Delhi’s move to strip the region of its autonomy. Small groups of armed soldiers, many kitted out in full riot gear, were positioned every few meters in the old quarter, and all stores other than a handful of pharmacies were closed. Even in areas where restrictions have been eased, most shops remained closed. In Soura, a densely populated enclave in Srinagar that has been a hotbed of protests since Aug 5, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi withdrew the special rights granted to Jammu and Kashmir, locals have built a series of makeshift barricades to keep security forces out. Many of these have been cobbled together with felled light poles or trees, reinforced with barbed wire and wooden planks, where locals said they were keeping watch every night. “Article 370 and 35A are our rights, and we will keep fighting till we get them back,” an announcer at the area’s main mosque… Read full this story
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