Hindus get Kashmir land despite Muslim protests

On Sunday, officials and Hindu protesters reached an agreement to use the Kashmir forest land Muslims oppose to build temporary shelters, ending protests in Jammu city.

Hindus get Kashmir land despite Muslim protests

Hindus in Kashmir called off their two-month protest after the government allowed them temporary use of Muslim land at the centre of a row for an annual pilgrimage, officials said on Sunday.

The dispute began when India tried to give Kashmiri forest land to Hindus, then snowballed into some of the biggest pro-independence demonstrations in Kashmir since a battle against Indian occupation broke out in 1989.

Authorities relaxed a curfew in Srinagar, the summer capital on Sunday.

Muslims have vowed to continue their campaign.

Indian troops have been criticised by Kashmiris and international human rights groups for using excessive force.

On Sunday, officials and Hindu protesters reached an agreement to use the Kashmir forest land Muslims oppose to build temporary shelters, ending protests in Jammu city.

"We are temporarily suspending our strike," Leela Karan Sharma, a Hindu protest leader said, as Hindus burst fire crackers in the streets to celebrate the agreement.

Authorities imposed a curfew in Jammu city.

In the past three weeks, Indian police shot dead at least 30 protesters and more than 600 were wounded in clashes.

India has also intensified pressures against Muslims and detained at least five leaders, including a top woman leader.

Tens of thousands of people have been killed in Kashmir because of Indian occupation.

Reuters

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