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Kashmir folk worry over forces buildup


SRINAGAR, India: An Indian soldier has been killed during a gunbattle with rebels in Kashmir amid panic among residents over reports of India’s deployment of thousands of more soldiers to the disputed region.

In this Aug. 18, 2016 file photo, Indian paramilitary soldiers walk back towards their base camp after a day long curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir. A prominent rights group in Indian-controlled Kashmir is advocating United Nations to establish a commission of inquiry to probe endemic use of torture by government forces who have faced decades long anti-India uprising in the disputed region. AP FILE PHOTO

Police say fighting erupted on Friday after police and soldiers cordoned off a village in southern Shopian area on a tip that militants were hiding there.

As the news of the fighting spread, anti-India protests and clashes broke out in solidarity with militants.

Panic has gripped Kashmir since last week after India announced deploying at least 10,000 more soldiers to one of the world’s highest militarized areas.

The troop buildup has sparked fears in Kashmir that New Delhi is planning to scrap an Indian constitutional provision that disallows Indians to buy land in the Muslim-majority region.


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