Fear of rising resistance: Indian Military imposes tough new restrictions in Occupied Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India: Security forces imposed tough new restrictions in Indian Kashmir on Friday (Sep 27), fearing protests ahead of UN speeches by rival Indian and Pakistani leaders at the United Nations.

Concrete and razor wire barricades went up across Srinagar and other towns in the disputed Muslim-majority territory, which has been under lockdown since New Delhi scrapped Kashmir's semi-autonomous status in early August.

"There were worries about big protests after Friday prayers. Similar restrictions are in place in other towns and areas," a police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity, as he was not authorised to speak to media.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will speak on Kashmir's plight at the UN General Assembly in New York later Friday.

The two countries divided Kashmir in 1947 and have since fought two wars over the territory. New Delhi's move has sparked new tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

Barricades went up across roads and bridges in Srinagar as security forces in bulletproof gear guarded deserted streets following orders to stop any public rallies.

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