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.