Curfew grips Occupied Kashmir as 60 injured in fresh clashes

SRINAGAR: Authorities on Wednesday imposed curfew in Kashmir for the 61st day after 60 people were injured in fresh clashes.


Life in the occupied territory came to a standstill as shops, petrol pumps and markets remained closed for business. Public transport remained off streets and educational institutes remained shut.

Clashes were reported from Pulwama, Bijbehara and Kulgam in South Kashmir and Kupwara in North Kashmir.

Hurriyat leaders vowed to extend their strike till September 16 and announced an Azadi March and a Shuhada March this month.

Earlier this week, police and troops in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) decided to use chilli-based shells instead of pellet guns to quell protests, a minister said Monday, after hundreds of civilians sustained serious eye injuries in weeks of unrest.

On Tuesday, a 21-year-old protester died from a pellet-gun injury near his heart.

Over 70 people have been killed due to violence in the region sparked by the killing of a pro-separatist Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani.