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Indian cashmere: eight injured in demonstrations, restrictions reinstated

2019-08-18T11:34:51.032Z

Indian cashmere: eight injured in demonstrations, restrictions reinstated


Srinagar (India) (AFP)

Eight people were injured in Indian Kashmir during demonstrations this weekend in Srinagar, where the authorities have reinstated strict restrictions, fearing uprisings in several areas of the Himalayan region, according to Indian authorities.

In this territory also claimed by Pakistan, the tensions remain alive since August 5, when India revoked the constitutional autonomy of the part of Kashmir it controls.

A blackout on communications and heavy traffic restrictions had been imposed by the Indian authorities on the eve of the announcement of the revocation of Article 370 of the Constitution which conferred this special autonomy status on the region.

On Friday, India had begun easing some of these restrictions.

But clashes were reported in several places Saturday around Srinagar, where restrictions were subsequently restored, the India Press Trust of India (PTI) reported, citing officials on condition of anonymity.

The authorities have previously denied or downplayed reports of violence and pointed out that most of the predominantly Muslim Kashmir Valley had remained peaceful.

Jammu and Kashmir state government spokesman Rohit Kansal told reporters Saturday night that eight people were injured in clashes, without providing further details.

A senior government official told AFP earlier Sunday that telephone exchanges would resume normal operations "by the end of the day."

Schools in some areas will reopen on Monday, officials said. In the largely Hindu city of Jammu, authorities cut mobile internet services and warned residents against spreading false information on social media, according to PTI.

Meanwhile, the Indian military has confirmed that a soldier was killed on Saturday during an "intense" cross-border shootout with Pakistan.

Some 80,000 additional Indian paramilitaries have been deployed in Indian Kashmir. Half a million soldiers are already there in normal times.

India and Pakistan, which shared Kashmir territory after independence in 1947, have since fought three wars, two of them in Kashmir.

© 2019 AFP

Source: france24

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