One dead in Kashmir violence as UN calls for 'restraint'

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
September 23, 2010 01:24
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SRINAGAR, India — One more young Kashmiri man wounded during protests against Indian rule died Wednesday but a pause in the unrest allowed authorities to relax a rigid curfew allowing residents to stock up on provisions, police said.

The round-the-clock curfew, enforced by thousands of troops, has been in place for 10 days. It was eased Wednesday in parts of the main city of Srinagar and other towns.

However, the death toll still rose Wednesday. A 20-year-old protester wounded in a street battle with government forces on Sept. 13 died in hospital in Srinagar, a police officer said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters.

Human rights group Amnesty International has urged Indian authorities to investigate the killings and stop using lethal force against the demonstrators.

On Tuesday, the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, called for an immediate end to violence in Kashmir and "restraint by all concerned," his spokesman Martin Nesirky said.

Nearly 40 lawmakers from major Indian national parties concluded Wednesday a three-day visit to the region intended to find ways to address long-standing demands of Kashmiri Muslims for self-rule or a merger with a predominantly Muslim Pakistan.

Kashmiri separatist leaders met some of the lawmakers on Monday, but they dismissed the visit as grandstanding by the Indian government.


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