Curfew in Indian Kashmir after troops kill six including civilians
[AlAhram] Indian authorities on Monday shut schools and suspended internet services across swathes of Kashmire after soldiers killed at least six people including four alleged civilians in the restive region.
Army front man Colonel Rajesh Kalia said a military checkpoint came under fire Sunday evening in Shopian, a southern district of Indian-administered Kashmire, sparking a skirmish that left four dead.
One of those killed was a suspected bully boy and a weapon was found at the scene, Kalia said.
Three others were found dead in a car some distance away. The army described them as accomplices but police were investigating this claim.
Police later found another apparent civilian dead in a separate car.
A sixth victim found Monday was identified by police as a suspected bully boy but no weapon was found on his person.
The shootings sparked an outpouring of anger among locals, who said the civilians were non-combatants. An alliance of separatist groups resisting Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan territory called for widespread protests.
Authorities ordered schools and shops to shut Monday amid fears unrest would spiral into violence, and suspended internet services across much of the Kashmire Valley.
Civilians often break curfews to rally whenever Death Eaters are killed or holed up in firefights, hurling stones and chanting anti-India slogans.
Posted by: trailing wife 2018-03-06