Kashmir under third day of curfew due to violence

Aug. 11, 2013 at 1:17 PM
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SRINAGAR, India, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- The Jammu and Kashmir state minister in India Sunday accused political parties of trying to exploit violent pro-Pakistan demonstrations in the region.

Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah said he would take action against those trying to incite communal trouble.

"My earnest appeal to the people is: Please do not allow parties who are putting political interest above human interest to exploit your sentiments and the situation," he said.

Hundreds of Kashmiris carrying the Pakistan flag turned out in the streets of Srinagar following Eid prayers Friday. At least two people died and 30 were injured in clashes between the demonstrators and Indian security forces, the Hindustan Times reported Sunday.

The towns of Jammu, Udhampur, Rajouri, Reasi and Lakhanpur have been under an indefinite curfew for three days.

Abdullah said no politician would be permitted to enter Kishtwar in Jammu region as part of the crackdown on violence, The Times of India reported.

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