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Kashmiri separatist supporters clash with police

Sunday, May 03, 2015 - 01:23

Kashmiri separatists clash with police while protesting against a proposal from India's government to form a separate township for displaced Hindus. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Kashmiri protesters in Srinagar lit a fire under the Indian government, Saturday, hoping to stop a proposed township for displaced Hindus. Kashmiri separatist leader Yasin Malik was leading the protest when it turned ugly. Kashmir is divided between Hindu-majority India and Islamic Pakistan. India's government vows to return scores of Hindus who fled the region in recent decades, by setting up self-contained, heavily guarded colonies for them. But separatists like Malik say the move would only widen the ethnic and religious differences here. (SOUNDBITE) (URDU) CHAIRMAN OF JAMMU AND KASHMIR LIBERATION FRONT (JKLF), YASIN MALIK, SAYING: "We want to give our kids a legacy where in Kashmir, Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs would stay together in an atmosphere of love and harmony not in atmosphere of hatred. That is why we are against separate colony for Hindu." Some 100,000 people have been killed in the separatist revolt over the years, which India says is backed by Pakistan. Pakistan denies the allegation, saying it only gives moral and diplomatic support for Kashmiri people in their struggle for self determination.

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Kashmiri separatist supporters clash with police

Sunday, May 03, 2015 - 01:23