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World

AFP
September 15, 2019

Protests mount in Indian Occupied Kashmir clampdown: AFP

World

AFP
Sun, Sep 15, 2019

Over eight million Kashmiri people in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir have been locked in their homes for more than six weeks since the unlawful and unilateral actions of India to revoke Articles 35A and 370 of the Indian Constitution on August 5.


Srinagar: Occupied Kashmir has seen an average of nearly 20 protests per day against Indian rule over the last six weeks despite a security lockdown to quell unrest, a senior government source told AFP.

Tensions remain high in the disputed Himalayan region after New Delhi´s controversial decision last month to revoke the territory´s decades old semi-autonomous status.

Despite a curfew, movement restrictions and the severe curtailment of internet and mobile phone services, public demonstrations against India -- mostly in the largest city Srinagar -- have been constant, the source told AFP late Saturday.

Altogether there have been 722 protests since August 5, with Baramulla district in the northwest and Pulwama in the south the biggest hotspots after Srinagar, the source said.

Since that date, nearly 200 civilians and 415 security force members have been hurt, according to the source.

Ninety-five of the civilians were injured in the last two weeks, the official said.

So far more than 4,100 people -- including 170 local political leaders -- have been detained across the valley, with 3,000 released in the past two weeks, the official said.

It was unclear whether any politicians were among those released.

Indian authorities have so far insisted that outbreaks of violence have been minimal, and that only five civilians have died since the clampdown started.

The relatives of four of those killed told AFP they believed the security forces were responsible for their deaths.

India deployed extra troops ahead of the August 5 decision to reinforce some 500,000 soldiers already stationed in the region, one of the most militarised places on the planet.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday promised to raise the decision to strip Occupied Kashmir of its autonomy at the upcoming UN General Assembly session.