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Violence forces non-local workers to flee Kashmir

Shahana Butt

Press TV, Indian-controlled Kashmir

Fear is growing in the Indian controlled Kashmir following a series of shooting incidents across the region than killed around a dozen civilians including four non-local workers.

The fear doubled among the non-local residents after police said none locals should reach army camps and police stations. Dananjeet Kumar has been working in Kashmir for the last 12 years. Each year he stays here for 6 months and returns home with his hard-earned money. But this year he is moving ahead of time.

Dhanjeet Kumar and many like him are on the move while many others have sought police protection till they manage a way out. Following the deadly October violence in Kashmir that resulted in more than 33 killings which included 9 Indian army personnel, 11 civilians and 13 pro-freedom fighters in different incidents, the administration issued an alert across the war-weary Indian administered Kashmir.

Intelligence reports warn of attacks on power projects, emergency landing strips and other government infrastructure. New Delhi has installed additional security forces across Kashmir after intelligence reports warned of more attacks.

After India stripped Kashmir autonomous status in august 2019, people of the region were promised development, prosperity and greater opportunities however media reports suggest the situation in the region has slipped from bad to worse due to the absence of local political activities and implementation of rules and laws without taking people of Kashmir on board.

Kashmir is a dispute between India and Pakistan since the partition of the Indian subcontinent in 1947. The two have fought wars over the territory and claim the region in full but rule it in parts.

The fresh spate of violence in Indian administered Kashmir is seen by many as a politically motivated action. People of Kashmir are urging the world to help resolve this geopolitical dispute between India, Pakistan before they engage in war and devastate the leftover life.

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