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Kashmir violence: Six killed in clashes during by-election

The past year has seen a surge in unrest and violence in Indian-administered Kashmir

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Six people are dead and scores injured after police clashed with protesters during a by-election in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Six people are dead and scores injured after police clashed with protesters during a by-election in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Paramilitary forces fired bullets and shotgun pellets as people protesting against Indian rule stormed polling stations near Srinagar. Separatist leaders had called for a boycott of the vote.

Muslim-majority Kashmir is at the centre of a decades-old territorial dispute between India and Pakistan. India accuses Pakistan of supporting separatist sentiment in Kashmir, but Islamabad denies this.

Both countries claim Kashmir in its entirety and control different parts of it. The region has seen heightened tension and increased unrest since July last year when influential militant Burhan Wani was killed by Indian forces.

Rebel groups in Indian-administered Kashmir have for decades called for either independence or a union with Pakistan. These groups have rejected local elections and urged voters to boycott Sunday's poll, which took place after a politician resigned over what he described as the "anti-people" agenda of the Indian government.

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