In­dia tries to curb vi­o­lence in Kash­mir

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In­dian au­thor­i­ties have im­posed a cur­few in parts of Kash­mir to stop fresh anti-In­dia demon­stra­tions fol­low­ing the killings of four peo­ple by In­dian troops and a gen­eral strike called by sep­a­ratists. The lat­est death oc­curred when a man was hit on his head by a tear gas shell fired by se­cu­rity forces and died in a hos­pi­tal in the north­ern vil­lage of Drug­mulla, po­lice said. He was part of hun­dreds of rock­throw­ing pro­test­ers who clashed with gov­ern­ment forces for a sec­ond straight day yes­ter­day as au­thor­i­ties en­forced a cur­few in Srinagar, Hand­wara and neigh­bour­ing vil­lages. The clashes oc­curred even as shops and schools were closed and streets de­serted due to a se­cu­rity lock­down and a day­long strike call by sep­a­ratist groups.

Me­hbooba Mufti, who re­cently took over as the top elected of­fi­cial in the In­dian por­tion of Kash­mir, said the killings would have a “neg­a­tive im­pact” on peace ef­forts.

Po­lice said a 70-year-old woman, who was hit by gun­fire dur­ing mas­sive clashes be­tween res­i­dents and gov­ern­ment forces on Tues­day, died in a hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day. Two oth­ers also died from gun­fire.

The protest and clashes in the north­ern town of Hand­wara erupted on Tues­day fol­low­ing an al­le­ga­tion by res­i­dents that an In­dian army sol­dier tried to sex­u­ally as­sault a teenage school­girl.

In­dian mil­i­tary, po­lice and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, wary of the killings es­ca­lat­ing the con­flict in the volatile re­gion, or­dered in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Rights groups, how­ever, say such probes rarely yield any con­crete re­sults and are of­ten aimed at calm­ing pub­lic anger.

Anti-In­dia sen­ti­ment runs deep among the mostly Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion of Kash­mir, and hu­man rights groups have long ac­cused the In­dian mil­i­tary of us­ing rape and sex­ual mo­lesta­tion to op­press the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion. Kash­mir has been split be­tween In­dian and Pak­istani con­trol since the British colo­nial­ists left in 1947, but is claimed in full by both na­tions.

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