- Title: INDIA-KASHMIR CLASHES Curfew imposed in Kashmir after widespread protests
- Date: 6th October 2014
- Summary: SRINAGAR, JAMMU AND KASHMIR, INDIA (OCTOBER 6, 2014) (ORIGINALLY 4:3) (ANI - NO ACCESS BBC) POLICEMEN FIRING ROUNDS IN THE AIR TO DISPERSE PROTESTERS FROM RESTRICTED AREA PROTESTERS RUNNING ON ROAD MORE OF POLICE FIRING AMBULANCE POLICEMEN FIRING IN THE AIR PROTESTERS THROWING STONES AT POLICE AND RUNNING VARIOUS OF POLICEMEN FIRING ROUNDS IN THE AIR
- Embargoed: 22nd October 2014 08:21
- Location: India
- Country: India
- Topics: General
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- Story Text: A curfew was imposed in parts of Srinagar city in Kashmir on Monday (October 6) as protesters took to streets after the arrest of the chief of a separatist group, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Yasin Malik, while he was trying to join a congregation to offer Eid prayers.
Severe restrictions have been put in the flood-ravaged Lal Chowk area of the city and forces have barricaded the Chowk.
Police fired shots in the air to disperse the protesters and supporters of the JKLF, who were trying to enter the restricted areas and throwing stones.
Thousands of Indian Muslims are celebrating Eid al-Adha - Islam's Festival of Sacrifice across India.
Muslims make up some 15 percent of the Indian population, an estimated 175 million, giving India the third-largest Muslim population in the world.
The festival of Eid-al-Adha is also associated with the Haj pilgrimage, which every able-bodied Muslim must perform at least once in a lifetime.
Nine civilians were killed and at least 25 wounded on Monday in fighting along a stretch of the disputed border between India and Pakistan in the Kashmir region, the heaviest toll since India called off a round of peace talks last month.
The Himalayan region of Kashmir has been a bone of contention between India and Pakistan since they became independent in 1947. They have fought three wars and came close to a fourth in 2001 and there have been regular clashes along the de facto border, known as the Line of Control (LoC), in the area.
Muslim separatists have been fighting Indian forces in India's part of Kashmir since 1989. Pakistan rejects Indian accusations that it trains and arms the rebels in the part of Kashmir it controls and sends them to the Indian side.
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