Photos: Resisting the clampdown in Srinagar’s Anchar

In Kashmir’s Sringar, lies the Anchar neighbourhood, where police have imposed a weeks-long regionwide clampdown to stifle protests after the abrogation of Article 370 by the government that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, the country’s only Muslim-majority state. The youngsters keep vigil at night, manning barricades made of tree trunks, electricity poles and barbed wire to keep the police out. Schools are still shut in the area, owing to which college students have set up a makeshift school to to give lessons to 200 children so that their education is not compromised.

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A man tries to pass through a barricade set up by residents to prevent Indian security forces from entering Anchar neighbourhood, during restrictions following the scrapping of the special constitutional status for Kashmir by the Modi government, in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. Since the abrogation of Article 370, Anchar, a densely-populated, working class area in Srinagar, has emerged as a pocket of resistance against the central government’s move. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

A man tries to pass through a barricade set up by residents to prevent Indian security forces from entering Anchar neighbourhood, during restrictions following the scrapping of the special constitutional status for Kashmir by the Modi government, in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. Since the abrogation of Article 370, Anchar, a densely-populated, working class area in Srinagar, has emerged as a pocket of resistance against the central government’s move. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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Men ride past a trench dug by residents to prevent security forces from entering Anchar neighbourhood. Residents have set up improvised barricades made up from tree trunks, electricity poles and barbed wires, and dug up the lanes to stop the advance of the security forces vehicles. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

Men ride past a trench dug by residents to prevent security forces from entering Anchar neighbourhood. Residents have set up improvised barricades made up from tree trunks, electricity poles and barbed wires, and dug up the lanes to stop the advance of the security forces vehicles. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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Bricks, used for stone pelting against security forces during protests, lie on the ground next to Jinab Sahib mosque in Anchar neighbourhood. The decision to abrogate Article 370 was passed by the parliament on August 5 in Jammu and Kashmir, the country’s only Muslim-majority state. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

Bricks, used for stone pelting against security forces during protests, lie on the ground next to Jinab Sahib mosque in Anchar neighbourhood. The decision to abrogate Article 370 was passed by the parliament on August 5 in Jammu and Kashmir, the country’s only Muslim-majority state. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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Hayat Ahmed Bhat, a Kashmiri activist speaks to residents before Friday prayers and protests inside a mosque in Anchar neighbourhood. While some normalcy has returned to the region more than seven weeks after the crackdown began, there is little sign of an end to the standoff in Anchar, home to about 15,000 people. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

Hayat Ahmed Bhat, a Kashmiri activist speaks to residents before Friday prayers and protests inside a mosque in Anchar neighbourhood. While some normalcy has returned to the region more than seven weeks after the crackdown began, there is little sign of an end to the standoff in Anchar, home to about 15,000 people. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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Women shout slogans in Anchar neighbourhood after Friday prayers during restrictions. Authorities have arrested nearly 4,000 people since the decision provoked outrage in the region and inflamed tensions with Pakistan, which also claims the territory. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

Women shout slogans in Anchar neighbourhood after Friday prayers during restrictions. Authorities have arrested nearly 4,000 people since the decision provoked outrage in the region and inflamed tensions with Pakistan, which also claims the territory. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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Mushtaq Wani, a 35-year-old tailor, sews Azad (Independent) Kashmir flags inside his house in Anchar neighbourhood during restrictions. "One solution. Gun Solution. Is the only English sentence my children know. We don't have any guns in this neighbourhood. What we have is the will to resist. By the will of Allah, our stones are more dangerous than their bullets. We will get freedom, or we will die," said Mushtaq. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

Mushtaq Wani, a 35-year-old tailor, sews Azad (Independent) Kashmir flags inside his house in Anchar neighbourhood during restrictions. "One solution. Gun Solution. Is the only English sentence my children know. We don't have any guns in this neighbourhood. What we have is the will to resist. By the will of Allah, our stones are more dangerous than their bullets. We will get freedom, or we will die," said Mushtaq. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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As night falls, groups of youths, many wearing masks and armed with stones and tree branches, are huddled around bonfires, sipping tea provided by neighbours. They keep vigil in fear that the police will enter their homes. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

As night falls, groups of youths, many wearing masks and armed with stones and tree branches, are huddled around bonfires, sipping tea provided by neighbours. They keep vigil in fear that the police will enter their homes. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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Men hold Azad (independent) Kashmir's and Pakistan's flag as they take a break from guard duty near Jinab Sahib in Anchar neighbourhood. “I am spending the night outdoors so I can protect my family and not let Indians, who have been committing atrocities on us, to enter,” said Fazil, a 16-year-old student. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

Men hold Azad (independent) Kashmir's and Pakistan's flag as they take a break from guard duty near Jinab Sahib in Anchar neighbourhood. “I am spending the night outdoors so I can protect my family and not let Indians, who have been committing atrocities on us, to enter,” said Fazil, a 16-year-old student. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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Men carry a tin shed to be used as a barricade to prevent security forces from entering Anchar neighbourhood. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

Men carry a tin shed to be used as a barricade to prevent security forces from entering Anchar neighbourhood. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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Irshad, a 15-year-old Kashmiri boy who was injured by pellets fired by Indian security forces while he was returning home from Friday prayers, rests as his mother Rubina cuts a fruit for him. The boy’s head is heavily bandaged and he hasn’t spoken since the incident, but the family would rather treat him at home than take him to a city hospital, fearing he would be detained by police. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

Irshad, a 15-year-old Kashmiri boy who was injured by pellets fired by Indian security forces while he was returning home from Friday prayers, rests as his mother Rubina cuts a fruit for him. The boy’s head is heavily bandaged and he hasn’t spoken since the incident, but the family would rather treat him at home than take him to a city hospital, fearing he would be detained by police. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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Rubina shows Irshad’s x-ray. “If he has to go out for a change of bandage to the nearby government hospital, he will be accompanied by six or seven women, so they don’t snatch him away,” Rubina said. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

Rubina shows Irshad’s x-ray. “If he has to go out for a change of bandage to the nearby government hospital, he will be accompanied by six or seven women, so they don’t snatch him away,” Rubina said. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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Mohammad Yousef, a 61-year-old man who was injured by pellets fired by security, rests inside his house in Anchar neighbourhood. “I was coming back to my neighbourhood after prayers. I thought I was safe as I am an old man. But they didn’t even spare me,” said Yousef while lying with his leg in bandages. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

Mohammad Yousef, a 61-year-old man who was injured by pellets fired by security, rests inside his house in Anchar neighbourhood. “I was coming back to my neighbourhood after prayers. I thought I was safe as I am an old man. But they didn’t even spare me,” said Yousef while lying with his leg in bandages. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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Men sit in front of the pro-independence graffiti sprayed on the shutter of a closed shop in the main square in Anchar neighbourhood. The government cut internet and mobile services and imposed curfew-like restrictions to prevent protests. More than seven weeks later, some normalcy has returned and many of those detained have since been freed. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

Men sit in front of the pro-independence graffiti sprayed on the shutter of a closed shop in the main square in Anchar neighbourhood. The government cut internet and mobile services and imposed curfew-like restrictions to prevent protests. More than seven weeks later, some normalcy has returned and many of those detained have since been freed. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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A Kashmiri boy touches the photo of Burhan Wani, a dead militant commander, as others participate in a protest at Jinab Sahib mosque. Anchar remains a no-go zone for security forces, and government services like schools are still shut in the area, prompting residents to come up with workarounds. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

A Kashmiri boy touches the photo of Burhan Wani, a dead militant commander, as others participate in a protest at Jinab Sahib mosque. Anchar remains a no-go zone for security forces, and government services like schools are still shut in the area, prompting residents to come up with workarounds. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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College students teach children inside a house in Anchar neighbourhood. Four college students have set up a makeshift school in a three-room house to give lessons to 200 children for a few hours each day. They keep streaming in, the girls with their heads covered, books in hand from nursery rhymes to mathematics. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

College students teach children inside a house in Anchar neighbourhood. Four college students have set up a makeshift school in a three-room house to give lessons to 200 children for a few hours each day. They keep streaming in, the girls with their heads covered, books in hand from nursery rhymes to mathematics. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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“The education of students in this locality is suffering because of the turmoil. We won’t let our future generations suffer,” said Adil, a college student turned teacher. Another student teacher, Walid, said: “These children only see bullets and pellets every day”. Other students are providing basic medical care so people need not go into other areas of the city for fear of arrest. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

“The education of students in this locality is suffering because of the turmoil. We won’t let our future generations suffer,” said Adil, a college student turned teacher. Another student teacher, Walid, said: “These children only see bullets and pellets every day”. Other students are providing basic medical care so people need not go into other areas of the city for fear of arrest. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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A man shows tear gas shells and stun grenades fired by security forces during protests in Anchar neighbourhood, during restrictions. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said Kashmir’s special status, which allowed only residents to buy property and hold government jobs, restricted its development and encouraged a separatist revolt that has killed 40,000 people since 1989. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

A man shows tear gas shells and stun grenades fired by security forces during protests in Anchar neighbourhood, during restrictions. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said Kashmir’s special status, which allowed only residents to buy property and hold government jobs, restricted its development and encouraged a separatist revolt that has killed 40,000 people since 1989. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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A woman walks through an empty street in Anchar neighbourhood. Telephone landlines are working again, though mobile and internet networks remain suspended. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

A woman walks through an empty street in Anchar neighbourhood. Telephone landlines are working again, though mobile and internet networks remain suspended. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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A man from Anchar neighbourhood catches fish in the waters of Anchar Lake during the restrictions. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

A man from Anchar neighbourhood catches fish in the waters of Anchar Lake during the restrictions. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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A herd of sheep pass through a barricade set up by the residents. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

A herd of sheep pass through a barricade set up by the residents. (Danish Siddiqui / REUTERS)

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