India’s Modi comes under pressure over Kashmir violence

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi came under pressure on Monday over weeks of deadly violence in occupied Kashmir, with the region’s opposition leaders calling on him to rein in troops and police.

Modi stressed the need for dialogue to end the unrest in the disputed Himalayan region, after meeting the opposition leaders in New Delhi at their request.

“He (Modi) emphasised on the need for all political parties to work together to find a solution to the problems in the state of Jammu and Kashmir,” his office said in a statement after talks with the delegation.

Much of Indian occupied Kashmir has been under curfew since protests broke out over the death on July 8 of a popular young rebel leader in a gunfight with security forces.

More than 60 civilians have been killed in clashes between protesters and police and troops and thousands more injured in the worst violence to hit the restive region since 2010.

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