120 injured as Indian govt enforces clampdown in Kashmir

Prayers were forbidden in Jamia Masjid for the 3rd consecutive Friday after the Indian government enforced a clampdown in Kashmir

120 injured as Indian govt enforces clampdown in Kashmir

World Bulletin / News Desk

Nearly 120 protesters and police were injured in clashes Friday as Indian authorities sought to block a rally called by separatist groups opposed to Indian rule, officials said.

A curfew continued to be in force across large parts of the territory for the 22nd consecutive day Saturday.

Schools and businesses remained shut and internet services suspended, although mobile networks have been partially restored.

Kashmir has been divided between rivals India and Pakistan since the two won independence from Britain in 1947. Both claim the territory in its entirety.

Several rebel groups, including Wani's Hizbul Mujahideen, have been fighting for decades an estimated 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the restive territory, demanding independence for the region or its merger with Pakistan.

Tens of thousands, most civilians, have died in the fighting since 1989 when the armed rebellion against Indian rule of the Himalayan territory began.

India regularly accuses Pakistan of arming and sending rebels across the de facto border known as Line of Control, to launch attacks on its forces.

Islamabad denies the allegation, saying it only provides diplomatic and moral support to the Kashmiri struggle for right to self-determination.

source: AFP/GreaterKashmir

Güncelleme Tarihi: 30 Temmuz 2016, 11:44