India has announced measures aimed at calming the tension in the disputed Kashmir region, following months of violence.
Much-hated military powers to search, arrest and shoot people are to be reviewed. Schools and universities closed during the unrest are to be re-opened.
A government-appointed team will attempt a dialogue with Kashmiris in India’s only Muslim-majority state which is also claimed by Pakistan.
India’s Home Minister, Palaniappan Chidambaram, said:
“We will advise the state government to immediately release all students and youths detained or arrested for stone-pelting or similar violations of law, and to withdraw the charges against such students and youth.
The recent violence left more than 100 people dead. Last week a special delegation of Indian MPs was sent to the area.
But one Kashmiri separatist leader has dismissed the new measures as “eyewash”.
India has a large security presence in Kashmir and the army’s been accused of widespread human rights abuses.