Kashmir curfew to be eased for Friday prayers: police
"People are allowed to pray within their neighbourhood, there is no restriction on that," said Dilbag Singh, director general of police for Kashmir.
"But they should not venture out of their local area," he added.
Kashmir, also claimed by Pakistan, has been in lockdown since Monday with no Internet or telephones and severe restrictions on movement after the government cancelled the Himalayan region's special autonomous status.
But there have been sporadic protests, with police chasing groups of pro-separatist demonstrators, many of whom gather at night, residents said. One youth died after jumping into a river to escape police.
Authorities face another potential flashpoint on Monday with the Eid ul-Adha festival. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a nationwide address on Thursday that people will "not face difficulties" celebrating Eid. Media reports said however that authorities would only make a decision on curfew restrictions on Sunday. (AFP)