Curfew reimposed in Occupied Kashmir after fresh clashes

OCCUPIED SRINAGAR: Authorities reimposed a curfew in parts of India occupied Kashmir following fresh clashes Monday between protesters and Indian security forces hours after the government announced an end to a 52-day lockdown.


Restrictions had been lifted early Monday in most parts of Kashmir Valley, including the main city of Srinagar, but thousands of protesters across the disputed region took to the streets, forcing authorities to reimpose a curfew in several areas.

At least 12 people were injured in the fresh wave of violence, police and hospital officials said, where 68 civilians and two police officers have been killed and thousands injured since unrest erupted last month.

Hundreds of residents rallied in parts of Srinagar and in the northern town of Bandipora after the curfew was lifted, throwing stones at security forces who fired live rounds into the air and tear gas to disperse them, witnesses and an AFP photographer said.

Clashes were also reported in central Budgam district and southern Anantnag district, officials said.

Schools and businesses remained closed and many streets in Srinagar were largely deserted as troops in riot gear patrolled on foot.

Kashmiri freedom fighter groups have extended their shutdown call till the end of the month to press for their demands, which include an end to Indian rule in the Himalayan region.

The current violence, the worst to hit the region since 2010, was triggered by the July 8 killing of a popular Kashmiri leader, Burhan Wani.