July 7, 2010 |
The latest murky cycle of violence in Indian-held Kashmir began late Monday in the Gangbugh neighborhood of Srinagar. Residents say paramilitary officers chased Muzaffar Ahmad Bhat, 17, and two 11th grade friends, possibly fired shots in their direction — the details were not clear. The frightened youths jumped into a drainage canal to get away. Bhat, who could swim, failed to return home and the community mounted a search. At dawn, his body was found floating in the canal.
June 2, 2009 |
Police fired warning shots and used tear gas and batons to quell thousands of protesters across Indian Kashmir after the deaths of two young women who residents say were raped and killed by Indian soldiers. More than 100 people, including 15 police officers, were injured in clashes between government forces and protesters in Srinagar, the main city of the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir, and several towns in the region, police said. Police have rejected the protesters' allegations and said the women appeared to have drowned in a stream.
October 5, 2008 |
Indian authorities imposed an indefinite curfew in Kashmir today to block a planned rally by separatists, the latest in a string of anti-India protests in the disputed Himalayan region. Police used loudspeakers to tell people to remain indoors as thousands of police officers and soldiers patrolled empty streets to enforce the curfew. In the last two months, Kashmir has seen some of the biggest anti-India demonstrations since a separatist revolt against New Delhi's rule erupted in 1989.
August 21, 2008 |
Hundreds of Hindu protesters set fire to a police post in Jammu city in Indian Kashmir, defying a curfew. Hindu crowds also set fire to a government apartment, and hundreds, including children, marched to police stations and courted arrest as part of their movement to flood the region's jails in a civil disobedience campaign over a dispute about land for a Hindu shrine. At least 12 people, including four policemen, were injured when they clashed in three places in Jammu, Indian Kashmir's winter capital, police said.
November 4, 2007 |
You can forget the popcorn. At the only working movie theater in Indian Kashmir, this is what a moviegoer endures: a frisking, a walk past sandbagged bunkers and a once-over by soldiers wearing body armor and carrying assault rifles. But there are plenty of seats. Every day, Noor Mohammad, manager of the Neelam Cinema, stares at the empty rows, a fruitless wait for customers in a land where the violence of everyday life is more dramatic than on-screen fiction.
November 16, 2005 |
The mailman delivered the first clues in the disappearance of Bushan Lal. They were written in a letter from someone claiming to be a member of the Indian army, who identified himself only as "a savior of humanity." The anonymous informant claimed that Indian soldiers had killed Lal, 25, along with three other porters hired to carry equipment and supplies for army troops fighting insurgents in disputed Kashmir.