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India Arrests Over Thousand of Kashmir Protesters in Bid to End Rallies

© AP Photo / Mukhtar KhanA masked Kashmiri shouts slogans during a in a torch light protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, July 21, 2016.
A masked Kashmiri shouts slogans during a in a torch light protest in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Thursday, July 21, 2016. - Sputnik International
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The Indian authorities arrested over a thousand of protesters over two weeks in Kashmir in a bid to curb anti-government protests in Himalayan region, media reported on Monday.

In this Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014 photo, Irom Sharmila, center, walks out of a security ward after her release in Porompal district, in Imphal, India. - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — According to Inspector-General Syed Javaid Mujtaba Gillani, cited by Aljazeera media outlet, the arrests were made in an attempt to end protests, which lasted for almost a month and injured over 55 civilians.

Hundreds of thousands of soldiers were patrolling streets and enforced a curfew, extended in most areas of Kashmir. Shops and schools were closed due to a security lockdown and anti-India strikes, the media outlet added.

The region of Kashmir has been disputed by India and Pakistan since the dissolution of British India and the establishment of the two states in 1947. Some local residents, especially those residing in the Kashmir Valley, call for greater autonomy or even independence from India.

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