In­dia po­lice ar­rest 300 Kash­mir ac­tivists

The Charlotte Observer (Sunday) - - Nation & World -

Po­lice have ar­rested at least 300 ac­tivists seek­ing the end of In­dian rule in dis­puted Kash­mir, of­fi­cials said Satur­day, es­ca­lat­ing fears among res­i­dents that a sweep­ing crack­down could touch off re­newed anti-In­dia protests and clashes.

The crack­down comes amid high ten­sions be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan fol­low­ing the Feb. 14 sui­cide car bomb­ing of a para­mil­i­tary con­voy. Forty In­dian sol­diers died in the at­tack, the worst against In­dian gov­ern­ment forces in Kash­mir’s his­tory.

In­dia quickly blamed the at­tack on Pak­istan and promised a “jaw­break­ing re­sponse.”

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