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Hundreds detained in security crackdown in Kashmir-Indian police officials

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SRINAGAR, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Security forces in Indian Kashmir have detained greater than 300 individuals for questioning in latest days as they attempt to stem a wave of focused killings that has unfold panic amongst minority teams, two police officials mentioned on Saturday.

Three Hindus and a Sikh have been killed in the Muslim-majority area this week, main police to say that non secular minorities are being focused.

Small teams of militants armed with pistols have carried out a spate of killings in latest weeks, taking the variety of civilians murdered in Indian Kashmir this yr to at the least 28, based on police data. learn extra

Kashmir has been wracked by an insurgency for many years. It is claimed in full by each India and Pakistan however dominated in components by the neighbours.

“Over 300 people were detained for questioning across Kashmir during the last two days,” mentioned one of many two police officials, who declined to be recognized as a result of they aren’t authorised to talk to media.

Those detained included members of the banned non secular organisation Jamaat-e-Islami, an umbrella alliance of secessionists referred to as the Hurriyat Conference, and others with earlier hyperlinks to militant teams, added the official.

Investigators have additionally summoned 40 schoolteachers as a part of their probe into the killing this week of 1 Hindu and one Sikh instructor in a authorities college in Kashmir’s fundamental metropolis of Srinagar, based on the primary official and a police doc seen by Reuters. learn extra

Police officials say small bands of militants from The Resistance Front, which they describe as a new formation of Pakistan-backed rebel teams, are focusing on civilians and political employees in Kashmir.

Pakistan denies serving to any militant teams in Kashmir, saying it offers solely ethical and diplomatic help to the Kashmiri individuals.

In an announcement on social media, The Resistance Front mentioned it was not focusing on individuals on the idea of their faith however solely these working for Indian authorities. Reuters couldn’t instantly confirm the authenticity of the assertion.

Writing by Devjyot Ghoshal
Editing by Frances Kerry

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