Kashmir tense, 30 injured in fresh violence

Saul Bowman
April 4, 2018

Tens of thousands, mostly civilians, have been killed in separatist violence since the late 1980s.

Four of the five terrorists killed in the encounter at Kachdoora were from various villages of Shopian and one was from Kulgam.

Authorities shut schools and colleges and cancelled university exams in an attempt to stop protests by students.

At least 20 people were killed in a search operation conducted by the Indian forces in Shopian district of the restive region on Sunday.

As the fighting raged, large anti-India protests erupted in several parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir and at least four civilians were killed and dozens injured.

The region looked largely deserted with little or no vehicular movement as Indian authorities imposed severe restrictions on residents following a strike call by the region's Kashmiri pro-independence leaders. However, government troops have continued using the weapon. "Internet shutdowns must not be blanket or indefinite".

In a statement, the KCCI said, "armed forces knowing well the whereabouts of these militants chose a civilian as a human shield who reportedly later got killed".

Referring to people marching to encounter sites, IG said some people under the influence of anti-national elements go near the encounter sites and try to disturb the operations and appealed to them to stay away from the encounter sites.

No one was reported injured in the firing.


In recent years, Kashmiris, mainly youths, have displayed open solidarity with anti-India rebels and sought to protect them by engaging troops in street clashes during military operations against the militants.

Vaid said the army received information on Saturday night about militants hiding in an area near Dragad village in Shopian district, about 50 km (30 miles) south of Kashmir's capital of Srinagar.

Pakistan, it said, expresses its full solidarity with Kashmiris and "we urge global community to take cognisance of the gross and systematic violations of fundamental human rights".

These reports suggested that tourists were injured in stone-pelting in Awantipora, and the Dalgate area in the city of Srinagar.

An FIR into the incident has been registered and investigation into the matter set into motion, the police said.

Tensions are high in the Indian-controlled region, where the Muslim-majority population stages regular protests against the Indian rule and demands autonomy from New Delhi.

Most of Indian-controlled Kashmir was shuttered on Monday due to the Indian army's clampdown and the pubic strike.

India and Pakistan each administer parts of Kashmir, but both claim the territory in its entirety.

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

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