The Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha was overshadowed by anger over India’s decision to revoke the special status of Indian-administered Kashmir in its constitution, the most far-reaching political move on the disputed region in nearly 70 years.

A presidential decree issued on August 5 revoked Article 370 of India’s constitution that guaranteed special rights to the Muslim-majority state, including the right to its own constitution and autonomy to make laws on all matters, except defence, communications and foreign affairs.

Since then, an unprecedented security lockdown is keeping people in Indian-administered Kashmir indoors for a ninth day.

Hundreds of people, however, defied the security clampdown and marched in the capital Srinagar.

Telephone lines, internet and television networks have all been blocked since last Monday.

Tension over

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