After Violence Erupts In Kashmir, Disputed Region Shutters Storefronts In Strike

04 April, 2018, 01:10 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Violence erupts in Kashmir after security forces kill militants, say police

More than thirty people were injured in fresh clashes in southern Shopian where twelve militants had been gunned down by security forces in two separate encounters on Sunday.

Pointing out that freedom is fundamental human right, it urged the world community to recognise its duty towards the poor Kashmiris and compel India to immediately stop use of brutal force against them.

Police opened fire with live rounds and pellet guns on mourners attending the funerals of slain militants and on crowds who threw stones and chanted slogans against Indian rule.

The Indian police force in Kashmir, for its part, asked on Twitter for residents "not to fall prey to any speculations and #rumors which are meant to disturb #peace".

Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti expressed grief over the death of two civilians during security operations in south Kashmir.

A day after deadly anti-New Delhi protests and clashes between the army and pro-independence militants, people staged a strike in Indian-controlled Kashmir, parts of which remain under curfew.

Top security force officials said anti-militancy operations would continue in Valley and again asked the local militants to surrender. Hurriyet leaders who challenge India's sovereignty over Kashmir have called for a shutdown on Monday against the killings.

The authorities also suspended mobile internet services in the Valley, a common government practice, aimed to calm tensions and prevent anti-India demonstrations from being organised.


Abbasi called on the global community to urge India to allow access to fact-finding missions to Jammu and Kashmir, mentioned the report.

Global rights groups have repeatedly condemned the Indian crackdown and called on it to stop using shotgun pellets against protesters armed only with stones.

However, no violence was reported there.

DGP Vaid told reporters that the security forces began operations based on specific information about the presence of militants at three places in south Kashmir.

Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan each administer part of Kashmir, but both claim it in its entirety. Rebels have been fighting against Indian rule since 1989.

Most Kashmiris support the rebels' cause against Indian rule while also participating in civilian street protests against Indian control. India accuses Pakistan of arming and training the rebels, a charge Pakistan denies.

Many traders were also detained by police.

Almost 70,000 people have been killed in the uprising and the ensuing Indian military crackdown.

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