Indian police on Monday imposed curfew-like curbs on movement of people across several parts of disputed Kashmir, a day after clashes with protesters during a by-election killed eight people and injured more than 200. Separatist factions in Kashmir called for a two-day strike in protest. Their calls to boycott the poll in Srinagar, and the ensuing violence, resulted in voter turnout of a mere 7 percent on Sunday and forced 70 polling stations to shut down.
Restive south Kashmir was seething again after seven people, including four militants and two soldiers, were killed in an encounter in Kulgam, 70 km from Srinagar, on Saturday. Clashes broke out after the news of the killing of the four local militants spread. Eyewitnesses told The Hindu that the security forces “fired into the crowds to break up the fast-spreading protests.” One of the injured civilians, identified as Mushtaq Ibrahim, a resident of Srigufwara, succumbed to injuries at a Srinagar hospital later. According to figures released by two hospitals in south Kashmir, 15 civilians were treated, including 12 with bullet injuries.