Authorities in Kashmir eased some restrictions to allow people to attend prayers on Friday

Authorities in Kashmir eased some restrictions to allow people to attend prayers on Friday but anger was still mounting against India’s decision to revoke the special status of the Muslim-majority region, residents and officials said.

Seeking to tighten its grip on the region also claimed by neighbouring Pakistan, India this week scrapped the state’s right to frame its own laws and allowed non-residents to buy property there.

Since Sunday telecoms links have been suspended, at least 300 leaders’ detained and public gatherings banned, effectively confining residents to their homes.

Dozens of people walked on the streets of Srinagar, the region’s main city, for the first time this week to offer prayers at mosques guarded by police.

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