Security personnel stop an auto-rickshaw for questioning at a roadblock during a lockdown in Srinagar on Monday. Tauseef Mustafa/ AFP
An unprecedented security lockdown is keeping people in Indian-administered Kashmir indoors for a ninth day on Tuesday.
Indian troops patrolling the disputed region had allowed some Muslims to walk to mosques to mark the Eid al-Adha festival on Monday and shops had been opened briefly on previous days.
But residents were running short of essentials under the near-constant curfew and communications blackout as India tried to stave off a violent reaction to the government's decision Aug.5 to strip Kashmir of its autonomy.
Witnesses described hundreds of people chanting “We want freedom” and “Go India, go back” during a brief protest on Monday. Officials said the protest ended peacefully.
The lockdown is expected to last at least through Thursday, India's independence day.
Kashmiris fear India's moves bringing the region under greater New Delhi control will alter its demographics and cultural identity.
India said its decisions to revoke Kashmir's special constitutional status and downgrade it from statehood to a territory would free it from separatism.
India and Pakistan both claim Kashmir and have fought two wars over it. The first one ended in 1948 with the region divided between them and a promise of a UN-sponsored referendum on its future. It has never been held.
Islamabad has denounced the changes as illegal and in response has downgraded its diplomatic ties with New Delhi, expelled the Indian ambassador and suspended trade and train services with India.
New Delhi rushed tens of thousands of additional soldiers to one of the world's most militarised regions to prevent unrest and protests.
An eerie silence hangs over the city, punctuated by sporadic bursts of gunfire and the rumbling of armoured vehicles moving through near-empty streets.
A magistrate speaking to AFP on condition of anonymity said at least 4,000 people were arrested and held under the Public Safety Act (PSA), a controversial law that allows authorities to imprison someone for up to two years without charge or trial.
The Kremlin is expected to move immediately to absorb the regions once the voting is over, with President Vlaidmir Putin expected to declare their incorporation into Russia later this week.
Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah said earlier that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has ordered an investigation into the audio leaks allegedly from PM House that features government officials.
Blinken's comments came after India's defence and foreign ministers opposed a US decision to provide a support package of about $450 million for Pakistan's fleet of US-made F-16 fighter jets.
The ceremony started at 2:00 p.m. (0500 GMT), with Abe's ashes carried into the Nippon Budokan Hall in central Tokyo by his widow, Akie, to music from a military band and the booms of the honour-guard salute, which echoed inside the hall.