Men fish in Dal Lake in Srinagar on Sunday. Tauseef Mustafa/ AFP
Stone-throwing protesters killed a truck driver in Indian Kashmir, police said on Monday, as a crippling security lockdown entered its fourth week in the restive territory.
The fatality came ahead of talks between Narendra Modi and Donald Trump at the G7 in France when the US president will reportedly press the Indian premier to lift a communications blackout and show “utmost restraint.”
On August 5 Modi's Hindu nationalist government revoked the autonomy of the Muslim-majority region where tens of thousands of people have been killed in an uprising against Indian rule since 1989, most of them civilians.
Ahead of the announcement New Delhi sent reinforcements to the estimated half a million troops already stationed in Kashmir, cut phone lines and the internet, placed severe restrictions on movement and arrested thousands, according to multiple sources.
The turning of the former Himalayan kingdom of seven million people into a fortress of barricades and barbed wire has not prevented protests and clashes with security forces taking place however.
In the latest demonstration on Sunday in Anantnag district protestors hurled stones at a truck that they believed to be a military vehicle. The 42-year-old driver was struck on the head and died, police said.
The Press Trust of India news agency said two men had been arrested over the incident.
US President Donald Trump spoke with the prime ministers of India and Pakistan on Monday, urging them to reduce tensions over the disputed region of Kashmir.
A suspected militant and a policeman were killed in the first gun battle since New Delhi stripped Indian Kashmir of its autonomy, police said on Wednesday after US President Donald Trump offered
Imran's comments come a day after Pakistan accused India of using illegal cluster bombs, killing two civilians and wounding 11, in the disputed Kashmir region. India denied it had used such weapons.
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