Protests Erupt in Occupied Kashmir, Six Injured

Fear gripped India-held Kashmir on Tuesday as residents leaving the disputed territory spoke of a tense military crackdown. Protests breaking out against the shocking government move to scrap its autonomous status.

A protester died after being chased by police during a curfew in occupied Kashmir’s main city, left in turmoil by an Indian government move to tighten control over the restive region, a police official said.

At least six people were injured in protests that erupted after a presidential decree on Monday removed the Muslim-majority region’s special status, sources said.

A hospital in the main city of Srinagar had admitted six patients with gunshot wounds or other injuries caused by non-lethal weapons.

India occupied Kashmir remained virtually cut off from the outside world for a third day on Wdnesday, with phone and internet links shut down and thousands of troops enforcing a curfew.

The lockdown came as the Indian government revoked a constitutional provision that guaranteed special rights to the Muslim-majority state.

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