On the streets of Srinagar, Kashmir’s biggest city, security officers tied black bandannas over their faces, grabbed their guns and took positions behind checkpoints.
People glanced out the windows of their homes, afraid to step outside. Many were cutting back on meals and getting hungry, says a New York Times report.
Shops were shut. ATMs had run dry.
Several residents said they had been beaten up by security forces for simply trying to buy necessities like milk.
A correspondent for The New York Times got one of the first inside views of life under lockdown in Kashmir and found a population that felt besieged, confused, frightened and furious by the seismic events of this week.