Pro-India chief seeks more troops as more Kashmiris killed

The chief minister of Kashmir flew to the capital calling for more Indian troops despite 31 people killed by troops shooting during pro-freedom protests.

Pro-India chief seeks more troops as more Kashmiris killed


The chief minister of Kashmir flew to the capital on Monday calling for more Indian troops despite 31 people killed by troops shooting during pro-freedom protests.

The new wage of protests were sparked by a troop killing of a young Kashmiri boy.

Indian forces killed at least four people were killed and 50 wounded on Monday in different areas of the Himalayan region, witnesses said.

Indian security forces have been accused in the past of human rights violations, including rape and extrajudicial killings.

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Omar Abdullah,who elected in Indian-held elections as the chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir state, met Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram in New Delhi.

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

But Abdullah said he wanted more paramilitary and rapid action forces to quell the protests and ensure a curfew, defied by thousands on Monday, was enforced.

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The biggest anti-India demonstrations in the last two years across Muslim-majority Kashmir valley started on June 11 when a 17-year-old student died after being hit by a tear gas shell fired by police during protests in Srinagar, Kashmir's summer capital.

India deployed the army in Srinagar last month for the first time in nearly two decades. They were pulled from the city when violence was brought under control.

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

In 1948, the United Nations adopted a resolution calling for a referendum for Kashmir to determine whether the Himalayan region should be part of India and Pakistan. But India has rejected to hold referendum in Kashmiri territory.
 

Reuters

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