Kashmiris observe Eid amidst curfew and communications blackout

Kashmir observed Eid al-Adha, a Muslim festival amid a communications blackout and a lockdown.

Many offered prayers at local mosques, however the main mosques in Srinagar were mostly shut. Some protests were reported in certain areas but the festival was largely celebrated peacefully.

Kashmir has been in a lockdown since the India revoked special status to the state Jammu and Kashmir and divided it into two Union Territories, taking away the autonomy of a state.

Transportation, mobile phones and landlines have all been blackened since the announcement. Mainstream politicians, including former chief ministers have been detained.

Thousands of troops were moved to Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the announcements.

For many Kashmiri’s living elsewhere in Indian, they haven’t been able to greet friends and family living in Kashmir amidst the lockdown.