Curfew lifted from Indian Kashmir after over 50 days

Authorities lifted a curfew from most parts of Indian-administered Kashmir on Monday, more than 50 days since protests began after the killing of a militant leader.

At least 71 people, mostly young men, died in clashes with the security forces after Burhan Wani, a commander from the Hizbul Mujahideen group, was killed in an encounter on July 8.

Government official Farooq Ahmed Lone said the 51-day curfew was lifted from most parts of Kashmir valley, except in the Pulwama district and some parts of capital Srinagar.

But traffic was thin and most shops and businesses remained shut in response to the ongoing shutdown called by the separatist Hurriyat alliance.

The move to lift the curfew came after Premier Narendra Modi on Sunday said "unity" and "compassion" were key in addressing the Kashmir unrest.

This is the worst civilian unrest to hit the Muslim-majority region since 2010, when 120 people died in anti-India protests after police shot dead a teenager.

Over 50,000 people have been killed since a violent secessionist militant movement broke out in Indian-administered Kashmir in the 1980s.

India claims Pakistan supports and encourages the rebels and separatist leaders, but Islamabad denies the charge and calls them freedom fighters.

There is strong anti-Indian sentiment in the region which has increased over the years with a huge buildup of troops tasked with contining militancy.

Last update: Mon, 29/08/2016 - 09:50
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