Aijaz Hussain from Srinagar

From The Canadian Press:Government forces, anti-India protestors clash

“Government forces fired warning shots and tear gas to quell protests against Indian rule that erupted Thursday in several towns in restive Kashmir, police said.

Protests broke out in several neighbourhoods in Anantnag, a town south of Kashmir’s main city Srinagar, after police detained at least eight people for participating in recent anti-India street protests, said a police officer on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to speak to reporters.

Police fired tear gas and used batons to disperse the protests, the officer said.

The mostly Muslim region, where resistance to rule by predominantly Hindu India is strong, has been under curfew for most part of the last six weeks as anti-India street protests and clashes surged. Residents say government forces have killed at least 17 people in that period, and local authorities have asked two retired judges to investigate the deaths.”

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