Srinagar, Dec. 6 -- Protests against the scrapping of the state's autonomy by the Narendra Modi government have been muted in Kashmir.

There have been no unrests on the scale seen in 2016, when the militant commander Burhan Wani was killed by security forces. When asked why, the Valley's prominent communist leader MY Tarigami posed a counter-question: "Have you heard of protests taking place in Tihar jail?"

Kashmir has been under a sweeping security lockdown and a communication blockade ever since the revocation of Article 370 of the constitution on Aug. 5. Though the restrictions on communication have been relaxed slightly, there has been no reduction in the massive security deployment.

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