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India’s top court to examine change in Kashmir’s status

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An Indian security personnel stands guard on a deserted road during restrictions in Srinagar. File photo/ Reuters

India’s top court is taking up legal challenges to the government’s decision to revoke Indian-controlled Kashmir’s special status and has asked the government to explain its stance to the court.

The Supreme Court held a preliminary hearing on the petitions on Wednesday and said five judges will start a regular hearing in October.

It ordered the federal government to file its replies to 14 petitions and inform the court about the media restrictions imposed in Kashmir.

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Kashmiri women walk past an Indian security personnel during restrictions in Srinagar.

Indian government imposed a security lockdown and communications blackout in Kashmir to avoid a violent reaction to the Aug.5 decision to downgrade the region’s autonomy.

The decision has touched off anger in Indian-controlled Kashmir and in neighbouring Pakistan. Kashmir is claimed by both nations and divided between them.

Associated Press