Indian security forces personnel patrol a deserted road during restrictions after the government scrapped special status for Kashmir, in Srinagar August 7, 2019. REUTERS/Danish Ismail

India’s Supreme Court, which is reviewing a petition for the immediate withdrawal of severe government restrictions in Kashmir, has said that the security crackdown and communications blackout in the region should continue.

The bench said the situation in Kashmir was “sensitive” and that the government needed more time to tackle it.

“The situation is dynamic and changing every day,” Attorney General KK Venugopal said in the Supreme Court, according to legal reporting website Bar&Bench.

“We are reviewing the situation and lifting restrictions step by step,” he added.

It was not clear how long the restrictions would continue, with Venugopal saying it could take days or months.

Kashmir security lockdown enters 9th day
An unprecedented security lockdown is keeping people in Indian-administered Kashmir indoors for a ninth day.

Residents were running short of essentials under the near-constant curfew and communications blackout.

The lockdown is expected to last at least through Thursday, India’s independence day.

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