Hindu leaders calls for stopping paying tax over Kashmir

Hindu leaders called people for stopping paying government taxes, seeking to expand their street protests into a mass civil movement.

Hindu leaders calls for stopping paying tax over Kashmir
Hindu leaders called people on Thursday for stopping paying government taxes, seeking to expand their street protests into a mass civil movement.

The dispute began after the state government promised to give Kashmiri forest land to the Hindu trust that runs the cave shrine of Amarnath. Many Muslims were enraged, leading the state government to rescind its decision. That in turn angered Hindus in Jammu.

"We will not be henceforth paying VAT (value added tax), electric and water bills and passenger tax," said Leela Karan Sharma, a Hindu leader in Jammu.

The dispute has led to the biggest protests in Kashmir since a Muslims broke out against Indian rule in 1989. It has also led to massive protests in Jammu, for decades a relatively quiet region, unaffected by the Kashmir insurgency.

Indian police have killed at least 22 Muslim protesters in Kashmir, where protests have been halted until Friday to allow people to stock up on rations.

In Hindu-majority Jammu, 10 people have been killed in protests since trouble began nearly two months ago, police said.

Reuters
Last Mod: 21 Ağustos 2008, 18:46
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