Protest erupts over Indian police shooting in Kashmir, as classical concert irks separatists. [ NOTH


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SRINAGAR, India — A protest erupted Saturday after Indian police said they killed two alleged militants and two civilians in the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir, while authorities maintained tight security for a classical music concert being staged amid separatist objections.

Inspector General Nalin Prabhat said police were retaliating against alleged militants who had opened fire on a police camp in Shopian district, which is about 50 kilometers (30 miles) south of Srinagar, the main city in the Indian portion of Kashmir.

Police said they recovered weapons and were working to identify the militants. They said two civilians were also killed and one person was injured in the shootout.

Hundreds of residents, disputing the police account, swarmed the streets of the main town in Shopian after the shooting. Police fired tear gas and used batons to disperse the crowds.

Adil Ahmed, a 26-year-old student shot twice in the stomach, said from a hospital that there were no militants, and that police opened fire unprovoked. He said the two accused by police of being militants were actually students riding a motorcycle to an exam center to take tests.

Meanwhile, just north of Shopian, suspected separatists hurled a grenade at a group of law enforcement officers standing outside Pulwama district hospital, police said. Nine people were injured, including two civilians, they said.

In Srinagar, paramilitary troops fired on a civilian when he failed to stop the car he was driving at a police barricade, according to police. The driver was hospitalized in critical condition.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan, with separatists in Indian-held Kashmir demanding independence or a merger with predominantly Muslim Pakistan.

Srinagar was under tight security Saturday amid separatist calls for a strike to protest a Bavarian orchestra’s concert with renowned conductor Zubin Mehta. Government buses shuttled concert guests to the outdoor garden venue on the city’s outskirts.

The separatists objected that the concert served to divert attention from Kashmir’s problems.

“We have nothing against Zubin Mehta ... no one is against the event itself. But it has assumed political overtures, as an attempt is being made that everything is normal and peaceful in Kashmir, which is not the case,” Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, a separatist leader, told reporters in Srinagar.

Civil society groups organized an alternative concert in central Srinagar, where they were also showing photographs and giving speeches meant to highlight past years of violence and instability in the region.

Anti-India feelings run deep in Indian-held Kashmir, where about a dozen rebel groups have been fighting against Indian rule since 1989. More than 68,000 people have been killed in the conflict.

The rebel groups have largely been suppressed by Indian troops in recent years, and resistance is now principally expressed through street protests.

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Afaq Chaudhry

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اس کو پاکستانی میڈیا نہ کہا جائے یہ انڈین میڈیا ہے ...................... اسے مسئلے پر اس کو سانپ سونگ جاتا ہے بھارت کو اب کسی بڑی جنگ کی ضرورت نہیں ، میڈیا کے روپ میں اس کی فوج تیار رہتی ہے


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Bharat is just trying to pretend that all is well in IOL by hosting silly concerts. India likes to talk of Balochistan when much of their country suffers from the same problems. Now there is tension in UP as well.

Protesters clash with policemen in Kawal area of Muzaffarnagar

Muzaffarnagar: Uttar Pradesh is on high alert and the state government said this evening that it has sought the help of the Army to control riots as today's death toll in communal violence in Muzaffarnagar district rose to nine.

A local TV journalist was among those killed as members of two communities clashed at different places in the western Uttar Pradesh district on Sunday.

Curfew has been imposed in the Mandi, Civil Lines and Kotwali police stations in Muzaffarnagar town and five companies each of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) and Rapid Action Force (RAF) have been deployed in the district.

A home department official said in Lucknow that Army personnel had been deployed in the riot-hit areas of the district to help the civil authorities maintain law and order. He said the Army's help had been sought as patrolling rural areas was becoming difficult.

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has appealed for calm. "People should not pay attention to the rumours and exercise restraint. Whosoever has done this will not be allowed to go scot free," Mr Yadav said.

Violence broke out in the Kawal area of Muzaffarnagar this afternoon when members of a community returning from a panchayat meeting in Naglabadhod, three kilometres from Kawal, clashed with members of another community.

Rajiv Verma, who worked as a freelance television journalist, was reportedly caught in the crossfire at Meenakshi Chauraha.

In Sekeda village, a photographer who the police had hired, was beaten to death allegedly by a group of people returning from the Naglabadhod meeting, police sources said.

The Kawal area has been tense since August 27, when three young men belonging to the two communities, were murdered. Seventeen people were booked and one person was arrested.

Since then, the police has booked several politicians for allegedly making inflammatory speeches in the area. These included three Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leaders - an MP and two MLAs from Muzaffarnagar - and one Bharatiya Janata Party MLA from Meerut.

The police have also registered cases against 299 others for promoting enmity on religious grounds after they posted a fake video claiming it showed the young men being killed on social networking site Facebook.

The BJP and Congress have condemned the violence and said it is an "example of the government's failure
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