Schools, telephone lines to be opened in Kashmir after lockdown2019|01:00
The security lockdown that struck Indian Kashmir earlier this month may be slowly lifting. But not without difficulties. Protesters took to the streets in the main city of Srinagar near a mosque following Friday (August 16) prayers, angry at New Delhi's move to strip the region of its special status. Authorities will begin restoring some telephone lines in the region from Friday night. That includes in Srinagar where afternoon prayers went peacefully amid heavy security, according to state officials. Telephone and internet links were cut and public assembly had been previously banned, in an attempt to prevent protests. New Delhi implemented the measures shortly before it rolled back some of the Muslim-majority territory's autonomy, autonomy it had for decades. The government wants to see it further integrated into the rest of India. India has battled a 30-year revolt in Jammu and Kashmir in which at least 50,000 people have been killed.