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Kashmir's summer of violence

delhi Updated: Sep 15, 2010 17:15 IST
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Key events in the recent upsurge of unrest in Indian Kashmir, during which 91 civilians have been killed by police trying to control violent separatist rallies:

June 11: A 17-year-old male student is killed during separatist protests in the region's main town of Srinagar

June 12: Police open fire on angry protesters who return to the streets to demonstrate against the teenager's death, starting a cycle of violence

June 14: Separatists call the first of several general strikes

July 8: Home Minister P. Chidambaram calls on parents to keep their children indoors as teenage boys play a major role in pelting stones at the security forces

July 28: Indian Kashmir's state government orders a judicial probe into the clashes as the toll reaches 17

August 2: State chief minister Omar Abdullah flies to New Delhi for crisis talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, and admits Indian Kashmir is caught in a "cycle of violence"

August 3: India's arch-rival Pakistan, which controls part of Kashmir, pushes India to "exercise restraint" towards the protesters

August 10: Prime Minister Singh appeals for dialogue and reconciliation and says new employment opportunities must be found for young Kashmiris, as the death toll crosses 50

August 31: Police shooting of an 11-year-old boy at a rally in the southern town of Anantnag triggers further furious protests

September 11: Prayers marking the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan erupt into demonstrations

September 13: Seventeen civilians are killed by police at protests fuelled by the desecration of a Koran in the US. One policeman also dies

September 15: Prime Minister Singh holds all-party meeting in New Delhi to seek a solution to the summer of violence, as the civilian death toll rises to 91

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