01-12-2022 01:18 PM Jerusalem Timing

Curfew Announced in Indian Kashmir as Clashes Erupted

Curfew Announced in Indian Kashmir as Clashes Erupted

Angry residents clashed with police in Indian Kashmir Wednesday, one day after three civilians were killed when soldiers fired on protesters incensed by the alleged molestation of a girl.

Angry residents clashed with police in Indian Kashmir Wednesday, one day after three civilians were killed when soldiers fired on protesters.

Soldiers fired at the protesters on Tuesday as they stormed an army bunker and set it on fire in the northern town of Handwara, near the de facto border dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan, police and witnesses said.

Two protesters were shot dead and a woman working in a nearby field later died of a bullet wound. Another injured protester was in critical condition in hospital, said Kashmir's director general of police K. Rajendra.

A curfew was imposed in parts of Kashmir including the main city of Srinagar on Wednesday amid fears of violent protests, as separatist leaders opposed to Indian rule called for a general strike over the deaths.

But small groups of residents took to the streets of Handwara after the woman was buried, throwing stones at police who responded with tear gas, an AFP photographer on the scene said.

The army has expressed regret at the shootings and ordered an inquiry, saying in a statement that anyone found guilty "would be dealt with".

Kashmir's new Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti warned the shootings would have a "negative impact" on the government's efforts to promote peace in the region.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan but each claim the region in full. They have fought two of their three wars over it.