Kashmir, India arrests 2,300 people

Wed, 21 Aug 2019 06:14:54 +0200

SRINAGAR, AUGUST 21 - At least 2,300 people, mostly young men, are in detention in Kashmir administered by India during a security blockade and a communications blackout, imposed to reduce the unrest after New Delhi revoked the autonomy of the disputed region with Pakistan.
Those arrested included anti-India protesters and pro-India leaders from Kashmir, locked up in prisons or other improvised facilities. Nearly 100 people have been arrested under the law on public safety, which allows them to be held up for two years without trial.
Thousands of Indian troops have been sent to the Kashmir valley, one of the most militarized regions in the world, to control the checkpoints. Telephone communications, mobile phone coverage, broadband internet services and cable TV have been interrupted, although they have been gradually restored in some places.