Violent clashes erupt in Kashmir over arrest of separatist leaders

April 17, 2015 1:46 PM

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SRINAGAR (Reuters) - Violent clashes erupted between protesters and police in Kashmir on Friday, after days of unrest in the Himalayan region over the killing of a youth by the army and a crackdown by authorities on separatist leaders. Police fired tear gas and charged with batons to disperse hundreds of people who gathered after Friday prayers in the main city Srinagar to protest the arrests of the leaders and the killing of the youth, a militant commander's brother, earlier this week.Several protesters and police were injured in the clashes, police said.The unrest is the latest challenge for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Hindu nationalist BJP, which this year took control of the Kashmir government in alliance with a regional partner, the first time it has been in power in the state.

Police arrested separatist leader Masarat Alam on Friday morning, a month after his release from prison. He had been in jail for five years for organizing anti-Indian protests that swept through Kashmir in 2010.Alam is accused of joining a rally earlier this week at which some people waved Pakistani...

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