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Internet shut down in Kashmir on India’s Republic Day

Shahana Butt
Press TV, Indian-administered Kashmir

Regular life in Indian-administered Kashmir seems suspended after people closed businesses, shops, and other activities on India's 73rd Republic Day.

Despite authorities’ claims of 'no restrictions' on this occasion, barbed wires and barricades were stretched on the roads leading to Kashmir’s main city. Police and paramilitaries were seen guarding the streets. High-speed internet was also suspended in the region.

Authorities say such measures are taken to control law and order amid the volatile situation in Kashmir.

A limited Republic Day event was organized by authorities in the capital city of Srinagar. The event was attended by government officials.

Security was beefed up across Kashmir days ahead of India's Republic Day. Checkpoints were set up and many were frisked. Despite heightened security arrangements, suspected militants on Tuesday hurled a grenade over the security forces in a busy market of Srinagar, injuring 4 people including a police inspector.

Since the abrogation of Kashmir's special status in August 2019, the situation in the region has been slipping from bad to worse. The absence of an elected government and New Delhi's approach of not involving Kashmiris in official decisions, have all created a deeper sense of alienation among the people in this region.

And, despite international efforts for an amicable solution to the Kashmir dispute, the two sides are maintaining their rigid stances. Many fear this animosity could turn into a war at any time, only causing further suffering for the people of Kashmir.

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