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Syed Shahriyar

Photoblog: Kashmir's spring of violence

A Kashmiri college student throws a stone at Indian police officers [Syed Shahriyar]

Date of publication: 12 May, 2018

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In pictures: India, Pakistan and Kashmiri militants have long fought over this embattled region, and civilians are paying the price of a renewed season of violence. Photos by Syed Shahriyar.

Since the beginning of April, Indian-administered Kashmir has seen a fresh uptick in violence as Indian military authorities crack down on armed groups seeking independence for the territory, and as locals come to the defence of militants.

The conflict over Kashmir, between India and Pakistan, has been ongoing at various levels of intensity for around 70 years - but the most recent violence has seen hundreds killed and many more wounded - notably by pellet shot to the face - as civilians march to the site of gun battles to allow militants to chance to escape.

Schools and colleges have been sporadically shut down, as has internet access - in attempts to hinder the organisation of protests against the violence.

It is the world's most militarised region, and, as ever, it is the region's civilians who are paying the price of the power politics of men far away.

All photos by Syed Shahriyar.

An Indian army soldier during a gun battle in Khudwani village located in Indian-administered Kashmir on 11 April, 2018.  Title: Indian army soldier

An Indian army soldier during a gun battle in Khudwani village in Indian-administered Kashmir on 11 April, 2018.

Kashmiri locals gather near damaged homes during a gun battle between rebels and government forces in Kachdoora village in Indian-administered Kashmir on 1 April, 2018.

Kashmiri locals gather near damaged homes during a battle between militants and government forces in Kachdoora village on 1 April, 2018.

Kashmiri villages carry the body of local rebe Ashfaq Malik in Pinjoora Shopian in Indian-administered Kashmir on 1 April, 2018. (Syed Shahriyar)

Kashmiri villagers carry the body of local militant Ashfaq Malik in Pinjoora Shopian, on 1 April, 2018. 

People gather for the funeral of local rebel Zubair Turray in Shopian town in Indian-administered Kashmir on 1 April, 2018
People gather for the funeral of local militant Zubair Turray in Shopian, a town in Indian-administered Kashmir, on 1 April, 2018.

People inspect a house damaged during a gun battle in Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir
People inspect a house damaged during a gun battle in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir.

Kashmiri women during a funeral of civilian Shahid Ashraf Dar at Arihal village in Indian-administered Kashmir
Kashmiri women during the funeral of civilian Shahid Ashraf Dar in Arihal village.


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