SRINAGAR (Reuters/AFP) Authorities in Occupied Kashmirs main city began removing some security bunkers on Tuesday as part of New Delhis efforts to defuse tensions in the troubled region. Kashmir has been in a siege-like state of strikes, protests and curfew for months, threatening to undermine rule from New Delhi, which has been fighting an armed separatist rebellion in the region since 1989. We have started removing (security) bunkers in Srinagar, the complete process will take couple of days, said Prabhakar Tripathy, a senior police official. He said 16 bunkers will be removed in Srinagar, summer capital of Kashmir, one of the worlds most militarised regions. But the step may not be enough for Kashmiris who want the revocation of a widely-hated security law that gives the military sweeping powers to search, arrest or shoot protesters. Removal of 10, 15 bunkers is just a cosmetic step, the whole valley is like a military garrison, APHC leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq told Reuters. We demand complete withdrawal of troops from other towns and unconditional revocation of all draconian laws so that on the ground people will feel a change. The removal of security bunkers from Srinagar is an acceptance of the fact by India that militancy has gone down, said Mirwaiz. It is a welcome step but there is a need to remove more bunkers from Srinagar and other towns, he told AFP. The step should not be a symbolic one. The change should be visible on the ground and a step towards demilitarisation of the region.