A police official and two witnesses said, police used tear gas and pellets to fight back at least 10,000 people protesting Delhi’s withdrawal of special rights for Jammu and Kashmir in its main city of Srinagar on Friday.
The demonstration soon after Friday prayers was the largest since authorities locked down the revolt-torn region five days ago, cutting off telephone and internet services and detaining more than 500 political and separatist leaders.
It comes after the government scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s right to frame its own laws and allowed non-residents to buy property there.
Regional leaders have warned of a backlash in the area, where militants have been protesting for nearly 30 years, leading to the deaths of more than 50,000 people.
A large group of people gathered in Srinagar’s Soura area.