Authorities of Indian Kashmir stiffened safety measures ahead of Friday prayers after separatists urged for a demonstration march to the U.S. office, whose streets are teeming with militias and some are blocked by security control points.
This week, posters showed up in Srinagar, the main city in the area with a predominantly Muslim population, urging for a trip to the office of the UN Military Observer Group for India and Pakistan (MNMOGIP) in protest against India’s abolition of the specific independence of Jammu and Kashmir.
The request of the separatists who wanted to separate Kashmir from India was the first after this decision was made on August 5, which resulted in limitations on communications and travel, which are still greatly maintained, in Kashmir. Some landline phones were recovered previous week.
UNMOGIP was created in 1949 after the first war between India and Pakistan over Kashmir, the Himalayan area, which both countries claim in full, but partially rule. The group controls ceasefire breach along the border between countries.
During the past two weeks, demonstrations began in parts of Srinagar, some of which attracted hundreds of people. According to the two principal hospitals in the Himalayan area, minimum 152 people have been affected by tear gas and pellets after the security powers started widespread repression.