Tens of thousands of Kashmiri Muslims marched Wednesday to a town where seven people were killed over the weekend amid a rigid curfew in another day of massive protests against Indian rule in the Himalayan region.
Long lines of people carrying green and black protest flags thronged a big prayer ground in Khrew, a town south of Kashmir's main city Srinagar.
At least 45 Kashmiri civilians have been killed over the past seven weeks.
Three of the seven people were gunned down by security forces who opened fire on thousands of protesters on the streets of Khrew on Sunday. The remaining four civilians were killed in a blast at a police station after it was set on fire by residents angry at the earlier shooting. A lot of explosive material used in quarry blasting was stored in the police station and it might have fueled the blast, police said.
On Wednesday, Kashmiris chanted slogans "Go India, go back" and "We'll take bullets on our heads but we'll not give up."
Police drove through the streets of Srinagar, the main city in Indian Kashmir, and other towns, warning residents for a second day Wednesday that they would be shot on sight if they defied the round-the-clock curfew imposed in the divided Himalayan region.
"War on Kashmir"
India has sent nearly 2,000 additional paramilitary soldiers to Kashmir.
Kashmiris accused New Delhi of adding to the heavy security presence in Kashmir while not reaching out for a political dialogue.
"India has declared war on the people of Kashmir," said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, a key pro-independence leader who has been under house arrest for nearly a month now.
"Rather than reaching out to people and trying to sort out their genuine political demands, India is further militarizing this place by sending more troops," Farooq, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, APHC, said Wednesday.
The APHC Chairman said that the grave situation in Jammu and Kashmir was not only an eye-opener for the conscientious people in India, but also demanded an immediate attention from the international community.
“For the sake of upholding justice and human values, the international community must put pressure on India to resolve the long pending Kashmir dispute,” he said.
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Güncelleme Tarihi: 04 Ağustos 2010, 17:58