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Indian troops kill 72 Kashmiris in August: Report

September 1, 2010
Indian troops killed 72 Kashmiris including 31 teenagers and four women during August, a Kashmiri news agency reported.

World Bulletin / News Desk, Sep 1, 2010

Indian troops killed 72 Kashmiris including 31 teenagers and four women during  August, a Kashmiri news agency reported.

The Himalayan region is at the heart of a decades-long dispute between India and Pakistan, who have fought two of their three wars over the issue since they won freedom from British rule in 1947.

According to the data compiled by the Research Section of Kashmir Media Service, of those people three were killed in custody.

Kashmiris see India as an “occupier” and accuse the ruling of systematic violations, killing dozens of civilians in Himalayan region.

Tens of thousands of Muslims have been killed since pro-independent moves grew against Indian rule in 1989.

The Indian troops also damaged a residential house during the month, according to the report.

On Tuesday, Indian forces fired and wounded five civilians in Maisuma neighborhood of Srinagar. Five people were injured Monday when police fired on a group of men playing a board game, local residents said and called the shooting unprovoked.

Human rights workers have complained for years that innocent people have disappeared, been killed by government forces in staged gunbattles, and suspected rebels have been arrested and never heard from again. Authorities routinely investigate such allegations, but prosecutions have been rare.

Authorities deny any systematic violations and say all reports are investigated and the guilty punished.

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Kashmiris condemn Indian war on Kashmiris, thousands march

August 5, 2010
Kashmiris accused New Delhi of adding to the heavy security presence in Kashmir while not reaching out for a political dialogue.

Tens of thousands of Kashmiri Muslims marched Wednesday to a town where seven people were killed over the weekend amid a rigid curfew in another day of massive protests against Indian rule in the Himalayan region.

Long lines of people carrying green and black protest flags thronged a big prayer ground in Khrew, a town south of Kashmir’s main city Srinagar.

At least 45 Kashmiri civilians have been killed over the past seven weeks.

Three of the seven people were gunned down by security forces who opened fire on thousands of protesters on the streets of Khrew on Sunday. The remaining four civilians were killed in a blast at a police station after it was set on fire by residents angry at the earlier shooting. A lot of explosive material used in quarry blasting was stored in the police station and it might have fueled the blast, police said.

On Wednesday, Kashmiris chanted slogans “Go India, go back” and “We’ll take bullets on our heads but we’ll not give up.”

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