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Five hurt as security forces fire on Indian Kashmir protest

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SRINAGAR, India – Five people were wounded Tuesday when Indian security forces opened fire on protesters who attacked their vehicles with stones during a demonstration against Indian rule, police said.

An Indian Central Reserve Police Force serviceman stops a motercyclist during a curfew in Srinagar

“Security forces had to open fire to ward off violent protesters who attacked security force vehicles with stones and bricks,” a police officer said, asking not to be named.

The incident took place in southern Pulwama district.

Four more people, including two policemen, were injured in two separate clashes between police and stone-throwing protesters elsewhere in Muslim-majority Kashmir valley, the officer said.

Since a wave of violent anti-India protests began in June, 111 people have been killed by security forces, mostly when they have opened fire on stone-throwing protesters during some of the biggest pro-freedom demonstrations in two decades.

Indian Kashmir has been under rolling curfews and strikes since the protests began on June 11, when a 17-year old student was killed by a police teargas shell in Srinagar.

On Tuesday, a curfew was imposed in parts of Indian Kashmir summer capital Srinagar to pre-empt a separatist march, police said.

In other parts of Srinagar, where a curfew was not in force, a separatist strike closed down shops and businesses.

The fresh violence came as Indian experts trying to defuse tensions in Kashmir have been holding a series of talks, despite opposition by separatists who have been spearheading the recent protests.

Home Minister P. Chidambaram said last week that the government had selected senior journalist Dilip Padgaonkar and professors M.M. Ansari and Radha Kumar to hold talks with separatists and other people in the troubled state.

The team arrived in Indian Kashmir summer capital Srinagar on Saturday.

They have held talks with jailed militants, university students, pro-India politicians, ordinary citizens and the region’s chief minister, Omar Abdullah.

Army HQ attacked in held Kashmir: five protesters killed

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SRINAGAR: Hundreds of stone-throwing protesters battled police in held Kashmir on Tuesday, a day after one of the worst single episodes of violence in two decades of freedom protests.

Eighteen people were killed, nearly all of them in police firing, on Monday during anti-India demonstrations in the disputed region, increasing the pressure on the government to tackle the protests that have simmered through the summer.

In the northern town of Baramulla and in Zainakote near Srinagar, police killed five Kashmiris, after protesters attacked a battalion headquarter on Tuesday. According to NNI, five kashmiris were martyred.

Heavily-armed police patrolled the streets of Srinagar, and loudspeakers mounted on police vehicles asked residents to stay indoors in a bid to head off more protests. Police also fired teargas shells and warning shots after protesters attacked security forces at several locations across the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley. All flights to the city were cancelled due to security fears, the first time in 11 years.

Kashmir parties seek inquiry into deaths of protesters

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Political parties in Indian-administered Kashmir have called for an inquiry into the deaths of protesters at the hands of security forces.

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At least 14 civilians have been killed in street protests in the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley in a month.

BBC correspondents say an undeclared curfew continues in parts of central Srinagar. Shops and offices have been shut by a strike called by separatists.

In other parts of the Kashmir valley a curfew was lifted on Sunday.

The violence comes ahead of talks later this week between India and Pakistan. Both countries claim Kashmir in its entirety and have fought two of their three wars over the Himalayan territory.

The Indian government accuses Pakistan-based militant groups of instigating the latest protests.

Separatists in the region want an end to Indian rule.

Media curbs

The BBC’s Sanjoy Majumder in Srinagar says the city appears to have shut down.

Protests in Kashmir have raged for a month

Central areas which should be bustling with activity are almost completely deserted apart for a few cars.

Police in body armour are out in strength and have set up checkpoints at major intersections, our correspondent says.

The authorities have been criticised for excessive use of force in dealing with the protests.

But Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has said security forces cannot be expected to show restraint all the time when protesters are throwing stones at them.

Mr Abdullah invited the state’s 12 parties for talks in Srinagar to try to evolve a consensus on how to deal with the violence.

The main opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) did not attend. It said the meeting was “useless” and appealed to the Indian prime minister to intervene.

The Jammu-based Panthers’ Party also refused to attend. The talks went ahead without the two parties.

The meeting adopted a resolution urging the state government to “have an inquiry conducted to ascertain the circumstances leading to civilian deaths in the action by security forces”.

It expressed deep anguish over the “unfortunate loss of lives during the recent disturbances”.

Of those parties which attended, only the Bharatiya Janata Party did not back the call for an independent inquiry. It said such a move would affect troops’ morale.

Meanwhile, Srinagar-based newspapers have resumed production after a four-day stoppage in protest at curbs on the movement of journalists.