Modi told to act on Kashmir violence
INDIA’S Prime Minister Narendra Modi has come under pressure over weeks of deadly violence in Kashmir, with the region’s opposition leaders calling on New Delhi to rein in troops and police.
Mr Modi stressed the need for dialogue to end the unrest in the disputed Himalayan region, after meeting the opposition leaders in the Indian capital at their request.
“He [Modi] emphasised on the need for all political parties to work together to find a solution to the problems in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” his office said in a statement on August 22 after talks with the delegation.
Much of Indian-administered Kashmir has been under curfew since protests broke out over the death on July 8 of a popular young rebel leader in a gunfight with security forces.
More than 60 civilians have been killed in clashes between protesters and police and troops and thousands more injured in the worst violence to hit the restive region since 2010.
Opposition delegates led by former Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah singled out security forces’ firing of shotguns to disperse the protesters.
Hospitals have reported hundreds of young men and boys suffering serious eye and other injuries from the pellets. –
Kashmiris protest in Srinagar on August 22 following the killing of teenager Irfan Ahmed by security forces.