Violence spikes in Indian Kashmir after videos inflame tension

Oceane Deschanel
Abril 18, 2017

Reacting to this, former chief minister of Kashmir Omar Abdullah tweeted, "I understand the outrage the CRPF video generated".

One of the police officials told a PTI reporter that the security forces had asked the crowd of protesters to disperse from the location but they had instead pelted stones at them, which had led to the clashes between both sides. The union said the police action was created to help the state "rule by repression and fear".

Soon after the by-poll results were announced, the former chief minister demanded the imposition of President's rule in Jammu and Kashmir.

A number of videos had appeared on social media in the wake of the Srinagar parliamentary constituency bypoll on April 9, when voter turnout was registered at a low 7.14%.

"A First Information Report (legal term for police case) has been filed against the Indian army for the act".

He followed it up with a video saying, "A warning can be heard (in the video) saying stone pelters will meet this fate".

"Action will be taken against those found guilty of misconduct", said an army spokesman on Sunday.

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A video showing a Kashmiri youth kicking and abusing a CRPF personnel in Kralpora area of the Valley's Budgam district has gone viral on social media - with several, including celebrities, reacting to the footage without trying to know the nature of events behind it.

The ongoing war on social media in the name of Kashmir may build national consensus, but the Valley itself is fast slipping from India's grip.

"The killings, intimidation and harassment of ordinary people by suspected armed group members can never be justified, and should stop immediately", Aakar Patel, Executive Director at Amnesty International India, said in a statement.

Minister of State for External Affairs V.K. Singh questioned the veracity of the video.

According to Live Mint, there's been an alarming increase in Kashmiri youths joining militant groups, especially after the death of Burhan Wani, a commander of the Kashmir-based militant outfit Hizbul Mujahideen killed in July 2016.

Kashmiri Youth Tied with the fender of a moving jeep by the Indian Army.

As Indian forces have tried to quell a Pakistan-supported insurgency in the Kashmir region, stories have circulated for decades about Indian officers' rough treatment of young men accused of backing the militants.

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