Curfew imposed after violent Kashmir protests

Measure aimed at quelling protests in parts of the region over death in shooting by paramilitary forces.

    After the shooting, hundreds of residents hurled stones and demanded the police camp be dismantled [Reuters]
    After the shooting, hundreds of residents hurled stones and demanded the police camp be dismantled [Reuters]

    Authorities in Indian-administered Kashmir have imposed a curfew in parts of the troubled region to quell violent protests over a deadly shooting by paramilitary forces.

    A man was killed on Wednesday when paramilitary forces fired pellets at protesters.

    Residents, however, insist the troops were firing bullets at the crowd protesting near a police camp in Shopian district, about 50km south of the territory's main city of Srinagar.

    After the shooting, hundreds of residents hurled stones, shouted anti-India slogans and demanded the police camp be dismantled.

    Police used tear gas and batons in response.

    Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan by a heavily militarised Line of Control with both countries claiming the disputed territory in full.

    The two nuclear-armed South Asian rivals have fought three wars, two of them over Kashmir, since their independence from British colonial rule in 1947.


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