Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Strike ends, protests continue in Ocupied Kashmir

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police fired warning shots and tear gas to quell demonstrators Tuesday in Indian Kashmir even as schools, shops and government offices reopened as separatist groups ending a weeklong strike called to protest the deaths of two young women. At least 69 people were injured in two separate clashes between government forces and Kashmiri people near Shopian, the hometown of the two women, officials said. The unrest erupted May 30 after the bodies of a 17-year-old girl and her 22-year-old sister-in-law were found in a shallow stream in Shopian, south of Srinagar. Locals claim the women were raped and killed by Indian soldiers, sparking angry demonstrations that spread across the Kashmir valley and clashes with security forces.

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