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Voting underway in volatile Indian Kashmir

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Voting underway in volatile Indian Kashmir


Voting is underway in Indian Kashmir amid tight security. The elections come after some of the worst protests against Indian rule in the country’s only Muslim-majority state.

People will be asked to cast their ballot on a range of local government issues in an election process that will last more than a month in an attempt to avert violence.

“I am sure as the day progresses, many people will come and vote, like we are doing,” said one man.

Another voter sais: “I have come to cast my vote so that things can change and our issues can be resolved.”

The Indian government is hoping for a decent turnout to bolster its rule of the Kashmir region, which is split between India and Pakistan, with a sparsely populated stretch held by China.

Anti-Indian sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, where most people favour independence from India or a merger with Pakistan.

Dozens of people were killed in pro-independance protests last month.

Seperatist guerrillas, who have in the past resorted to violence to scupper elections, have this year called for a boycott of the vote instead .

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