Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Kashmir curfew as villagers killed

An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard in a deserted market during curfew in Srinagar (AP)

A curfew is in force in most parts of Indian-controlled Kashmir following a strike call and a protest rally by separatists to protest against the killing of four villagers in the Himalayan region.

Thousands of police and paramilitary soldiers have erected checkpoints and laid barbed wire on roads in Srinagar, the main city in Kashmir, to prevent any anti-India protests.

Locals say police and paramilitary soldiers drove through neighbourhoods warning people to stay indoors.

The curfew and strike follow the fatal shootings of four villagers by government troops on Thursday.

More than 40 others were injured as troops clashed with locals protesting against the alleged desecration of the Muslim holy book by border guards in a remote, mountainous village in the region, police said.

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