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20 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 20 August, 2019 01:45:16 AM
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Classrooms empty as some schools reopen in Indian Kashmir

AFP, New Delhi

Some Kashmir schools re-opened yesterday  but were largely empty following weekend clashes in Srinagar, two-weeks after India removed the restive region's autonomy and imposed a lockdown. The authorities said that they were re-opening 190 primary schools in the city yet few children could be seen at half a dozen places visited by AFP.

Pakistan meanwhile said Indian fire across their de-facto border on Sunday killed two civilians and seriously injured a child, a day after New Delhi said Pakistani fire killed an Indian soldier.

India on August 5 ended the special constitutional status of Muslim-majority Kashmir, where a 30-year-old uprising against Indian rule has killed tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians.

Hours before its move, India severely curtailed movement and shut down

phones and the internet, bringing in tens of thousands of troops to turn the main city of Srinagar into a fortress. Some 120,000 extra soldiers have been deployed, a security source told AFP, joining around 500,000 already in the northern Himalayan region divided with Pakistan since 1947.

At least 4,000 people have also been detained under the Public Safety Act (PSA), which allows imprisonment for up to two years without charge or trial, government sources said.

“Most of them were flown out of Kashmir because prisons here have run out of capacity,” a local magistrate told AFP, speaking on condition of anonymity. Authorities have declined to comment on the numbers of people behind bars. Those picked up include local politicians, activists, business leaders and lawyers. Officials said only that the “few preventive detentions” were made to avoid a “breach of the peace”, and that there was “no centralised figure” for the total number. On Sunday family members held a wake for timber trader Sidiq Khan, 62, who relatives said had died after suffocating from tear gas fired by security forces in Srinagar.

 

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