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J&K: Jammu & Kashmir

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah at a function to commemorate the birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda in Jammu.

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Children play on the frozen surface of the Harwan reservoir on the outskirts of Srinagar. Kashmir Valley is witnessing an intense cold wave for the past several days with temperature mostly below the freezing point.

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Children playing at a frozen river in Srinagar. Heavy snowfall in the Kashmir Valley has affected electricity supplies, road connectivity and communications.

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Monkeys huddle together on a fence at a local park at Tangmarg, about 38 kilometers (24 miles) northwest of Srinagar. Snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir has disrupted power supply and road traffic between Srinagar and Jammu.

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Jammu and Kashmir Omar Chief Minister Abdullah awarding sarpanchs during Maha Gram Sabha of Sarpanchs and Panchs in Jammu.

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Icicles hang from the roof of a house after snowfall in Srinagar.

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Snow-covered branches of trees are reflected on the water of a lake on the outskirts of Srinagar. Snowfall in Kashmir has disrupted power supply and road traffic between Srinagar and Jammu, the summer and winter capitals of J&K.

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A leopard walks on snow inside enclosure at Dachigam zoo on the outskirts of Srinagar as Kashmir valley received moderate to heavy snowfall.

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A Kashmiri boy rows a traditional boat on the Dal Lake in Srinagar. Many parts of northern India received snowfall in recent days, closing roads and hindering transport in some parts of the region including the main highway in Jammu and Kashmir.

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A driver removes snow from of one the trucks stranded in snow on the Jammu- Srinagar highway in Kud, about 90 kilometers (56 miles) from Jammu. Many parts of northern India received snowfall in recent days, closing roads and hindering transport in some parts of the region including the main highway in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Stranded trucks on Jammu-Srinagar highway near the Jawahir Tunnel that was closed to heavy snowfall near Srinagar.

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Police chase away JKLF supporters during a protest in Srinagar.

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JKLF activists shout freedom slogans during a protest in Srinagar. Thousands of traders protesting the killing of a student by paramilitary soldiers have gone on a daylong general strike in Kashmir.

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JKLF activists shout slogans during a protest against the killing of a student by paramilitary soldiers in Srinagar.

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Paramilitary solider stands guard outside a closed market during a shutdown in Srinagar. A general strike against the killing of a student by paramilitary soldiers earlier this week during a demonstration over frequent power cuts has shut most Kashmir.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, center, with his Cabinet Ministers during a function to celebrate the completion of three years of his government, in Jammu.

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A Kashmiri government employee shouts slogans as policemen detain him during a protest against the government in Srinagar. Dozens of government employees demanded release of arrears and regularisation of jobs for daily wage workers.

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A foreign tourist skis down the slopes at the world famous Gulmarg skiing resort in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Boats and shikaras at Dal Lake during the last sunset of 2011, in Srinagar.

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Students dressed as Santa Claus sing during Christmas celebrations at a school in Jammu.

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Policemen beat a government teacher during a protest in Srinagar. Police detained dozens who took out a protest demanding hike in salary and regularisation of their jobs.

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Kashmiri government teachers shout slogans demanding hike in salary and regularisation of their jobs during a protest in Srinagar.

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ISKCON followers protest against the move to ban on Bhagavad Gita in Russia, in Jammu.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh at a function "Himayat" at Kashmir University in Srinagar. Over 1000 youths have been given appointment letters from various private sector companies under the Himayat programme launched by the Union Ministry of Rural Development in 2010.

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An elderly person participates in 15 Corps Commander Lt Gen S A Hasnain's "Awami Sunwai", special interaction programme, at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.

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Police officer salutes during the wreath-laying ceremony of police officer Gulzar Ahmed at police headquarters in Srinagar. Suspected rebels opened fire on a law minister in Kashmir, killing Gulzar Ahmed, who was guarding the minister, and wounding three others.

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Minister of State for Home Nasir Sogami comforts the wailing brother of police officer Gulzar Ahmed during his wreath-laying ceremony at police headquarters in Srinagar. Suspected rebels opened fire on a law minister in Kashmir, killing Gulzar Ahmed, who was guarding the minister, and wounding three others.

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A veiled Kashmiri government employee participates in a protest against the government in Srinagar. Dozens of government employees demanded release of arrears and regularisation of jobs for daily wage workers.

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Jammu and Kashmir government employees shout slogans during a protest march in support of their demands in Srinagar.

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Candidates run during an Indian army recruitment rally at Akhnoor in Jammu-Kashmir

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Indian Army officials put stamps on successful candidates during an Indian army recruitment rally at Akhnoor in Jammu-Kashmir. Hundreds attended the rally organized by the Indian Army in the troubled Kashmir region, hoping to join the ranks. Half a million army and paramilitary soldiers have been fighting armed rebels since 1989 for the region's independence, or its merger with the mostly Muslim Pakistan.

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Young girls and women holding lighting candles during a protest against the domestic violence and criminal tendencies on women, at Lal Chowk in Srinagar.

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A police man signals a Kashmiri motorcyclist to stop at a checkpoint during strict restrictions in Srinagar. Police in Kashmir imposed strict restrictions in most part of the main city to stop religious gatherings fearing they could morph into anti- India protests.

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A policeman, right, takes an evasive action as a Kashmiri Shiite Muslim charges at him with chains in Srinagar. Authorities used batons, tear gas and water cannons to break up Muslim religious processions held in defiance of a strict curfew in Kashmir, police said.

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Kashmiri Shiite Muslim Youth throw stones at security forces as policemen fire tear gas at protesting Kashmiri Shiite Muslim youth during Muharram procession in Srinagar.

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Police chasing Shia Muslims during a Muharram Procession at Jahangir Chowk in Srinagar. Strict security restrictions were imposed in parts of Srinagar to thwart a Muharram procession by the Shia community.

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J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah admires a painting displayed at an art exhibition at the three-day Festival of Jammu and Kashmir at India International Centre in New Delhi.

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J&K Governor N.N. Vohra, Union Minister Farooq Abdullah and J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah pose for a group photo with artists during the inauguration of the three-day Festival of Jammu and Kashmir at India International Centre in New Delhi.

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Sad trip A derailment in Kulgam, J&K

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Local Kashmiri photographers Yawar Nazir, left and Showket Shafi wait for treatment after they were assaulted by police and paramilitary forces during a protest in Srinagar. An Associated Press cameraman Umar Meraj and at least three other journalists said they were assaulted by police and paramilitary forces as they covered a protest in Indian-controlled Kashmir. Local journalists have repeatedly complained of harassment and assaults by police in the tumultuous Himalayan territory.

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Kashmiri protesters throw stones at Indian paramilitary soldiers during a protest in Srinagar. Shops and businesses are shut in Indian-controlled Kashmir to protest the alleged detention of dozens of minors in police custody in the disputed region.

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A masked Kashmiri protester walks back after throwing stones at Indian paramilitary soldiers in Srinagar. Shops and businesses are shut in Indian-controlled Kashmir to protest the alleged detention of dozens of minors in police lockups in the disputed region.

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CRPF personnel patrol during a strike in Srinagar.

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A Kashmiri boy walks past closed shops during a strike in Srinagar. Shops and businesses are shut in Indian-controlled Kashmir to protest the alleged detention of 51 minors by police lockups in the disputed region.

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A paramilitary soldier is silhouetted as he stands guard during a strike in Srinagar. Shops and businesses are shut in Kashmir to protest the alleged detention of 51 minors by police lockups in the region.

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President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil being welcomed by Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah and Governor N.N Vohra at Jammu airport.

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Baskets of Id sweets come from the Pak side

A young Rotarian fast bowler has the batter in the crosshairs

Indian soldiers mingle with the young ’uns

Square cuts Cricket in the shadow of the chinars

People looking at the derailed bogies of a train at Sedura village in Kulgam district of Kashmir. At least 20 persons were injured in the mishap.

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PDP holding an effigy during a protest against the alleged corruption in Srinagar. They were also demanding for revocation of Armed Force Special Power Act.

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PDP supporters burn an effigy of the ruling Government of National Conference during a protest march in Srinagar.

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Jammu and Kashmir policemen stand guard outside a Missionaries school in Srinagar. Security around several Christian Missionaries schools have been tightened after posters warning to the students of these schools against the alleged attempts to convert them to Christianity.

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Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama being received by J&K CM Omar Abdullah on his arrival at the airport in Jammu.

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A Kashmiri Muslim government employee takes part in a protest rally in Srinagar. Government employees protested the price hike and also were demanding regularisation of their jobs and a hike in their pay.

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Kashmiri Muslim government employees shouts anti-government slogans during a protest rally in Srinagar. Government employees protested the price hike and also were demanding regularisation of their jobs and a hike in their pay.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah after meeting Home Minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi. Amid raging controversy over the issue of partial withdrawal of AFSPA, Omar said there was ample opportunity to address the concerns of the armed forces and still go ahead with the proposed plan.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah addressing a press conference on the first day of the re-opening of the Civil Secretariat in winter capital Jammu.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah being greeted by members of his council of ministers on the first day of the re-opening of the Civil Secretariat in Jammu.

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Police officers relax as they prepare to give a guard of honor to Jammu-Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah during the reopening of the state's winter capital at the civil secretariat in Jammu.

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A police officer detains a protesting student during the reopening of Jammu-Kashmir state's winter capital outside the civil secretariat in Jammu. The students were protesting against the recruitment policies of the state government.

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A large crowd of people at the Amira Kadal bridge in Srinagar for shopping on the eve of Eid-ul-Azha, in Srinagar.

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Senior police officials showing to the media the 13-year-old Burhan and his picture in which he throws stones at police, in Srinagar. 16 children aged 12 to 15 and six youth, who were arrested for past one month on charges of stone pelting, were released before Eid-Ul-Zuha.

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12-year-old Mohsin Majeed Shah, a minor detained a fortnight ago on charges of stone-pelting from the old city, being brought to a local court in Srinagar.

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The brochure of a Chinese company, carrying the controversial map of India minus parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh (marked red), was distributed in New Delhi.

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**TV GRAB** Chinese Ambassador Zhang Yan has a spat with a scribe over distribution of a brochure of a Chinese company, carrying the controversial map of India minus parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh (marked red), in New Delhi.

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Senior BJP leader L K Advani addressing a press conference during his Jan Chetna Yatra at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala. Opposing the withdrawal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) from Jammu and Kashmir, Advani said nothing should be done that weakens the armed forces' position.

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Kashmiri government employees shout anti-government slogans during a protest for the demand of the payment of salaries which have been withheld for the last four months in Srinagar.

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Bashir Ahmed Mir, Batpora, Kupwara After 18 years in PoK with the Muslim Jaanbaaz Force, he returned to India on May 11 and is serving a jail term. Seen here, his wife Ameena, and daughters Sameena and Naseema.

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Showkat Ahmad Ghanie of Chanderhama, Pattan Ran away with friends to join the Hizbul, says he left the camp and took up studies in Muzaffarabad. All his “friends dead”, he returned on April 24, after 13 years.

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Fayaz Ahmed Khandy, Wyanbala, Pulwama A Hizbul ‘guide’ lured him and five others across the LoC in 2003. Married a Rawalpindi girl in 2007 after the Hizbul disbanded the camp. Seen here with his children, wife and mother.

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A CRPF person standing guard during a strike call given by various separatist organisations in Srinagar against landing of troops in Jammu and Kashmir in October 1947.

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Kashmiri pandits with muslims enjoying fire crackers at foot bridge on river Jehlum decorated with candles on the occasion of Diwali in Srinagar.

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Jammu and Kashmir policemen taking away a suspected militant for questioning after a grenade attack at Batamaloo in Srinagar. Militants carried out two grenade attacks on security force installations in the city in a span of about five minutes, injuring three CRPF personnel.

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Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Deomocratic Party (PDP) workers burn an effigy representing corruption during a protest in Srinagar.

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Ill fated passengers bus which skidded off the road and rolled down into the deep gorge on Jammu-Srinagar national highway at Nandi, 40 km from Jammu. Seven people were killed and at least 25 are injured in this accident.

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Jammu and Kashmir police women paying tributes to police martyrs during Police Commemoration day function at Armed Police Complex Zewan on the outskirts of Srinagar.

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A new recruit of the Border Security Force (BSF) takes part in a passing out parade ceremony in Humhama, on the outskirts of Srinaga

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J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah poses for a photograph with a Sahara Force India Formula One Car during the 'Raise The Flag' campaign, on the Banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar. The Chief Minister flagged off the Campaign to garner support for the Team, as they prepare for their first ever home Grand Prix to be held on 30th October.

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Indian social activist Medha Patkar, left, looks on as a relative of a missing Kashmiri youth displays documents and shouts, slogans against India during a protest rally in Srinagar. Patkar along with other Indian and Kashmiri social activists started a protest rally from Srinagar to north eastern town Imphal demanding the repeal of the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which gives the military powers such as the right to arrest suspected militants without a warrant and to shoot anyone suspected of being a rebel.

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Women of Bandipora locality hold a protest demonstration against Wasim Bari for a allegedly making porn CDs in Srinagar.

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Activists of Jammu and Kashmir Dogra Front and Shiv Sena shout slogans during a protest against the Prashant Bhushan's advocacy of plebiscite in the state, in Jammu.

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A Kashmiri female worker of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scuffles with police women after she along with others were stopped during a protest in Srinagar.

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Women activists of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)carry an effigy representing Corrupt Government during a protest against corruption and the death of National Conference worker Haji Yusuf in Srinagar.

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A Kashmiri village woman looks on as she watches the funeral procession of suspected militant Altaf Khan in Veripatchi about 40 kilometers northeast of Srinagar.

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Villagers comfort father of suspected militant Altaf Khan during his funeral procession in Veripatchi about 40 kilometers northeast of Srinagar. Indian troops killed two rebels including a militant commander who has been active in Kashmir since the inception of the armed rebellion in 1989.

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Caught, not out Omar Abdullah survives a crisis

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Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram receiving a report on Kashmir from Centre's Interlocutors Dilip Padgaonkar, M M Ansari and Radha Kumar in New Delhi.

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Relatives of disappeared youths comfort each other as they wail during a demonstration organized by the Association for Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) in Srinagar, J&K. According to APDP, more then 10,000 people have disappeared since insurgency broke out in the region in 1989.

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A relative of a disappeared youth sits during a demonstration organized by the Association for Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) in Srinagar, J&K. According to APDP, more then 10,000 people have disappeared since insurgency broke out in the region in 1989.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah presents a trophy to former cricket captain Kapil Dev, the winner of J&K Tourism Primal Golf Cup at Pehalgam.

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Jammu and Kashmir policemen charge members of People's Democratic Party (PDP) who were protesting against Chief Minister Omar Abdullah in Jammu.

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PDP party activists shout slogans during a protest march demanding a high level probe into the custodial death of National Conference activist 61-year old Haji Mohd Yousuf, in Srinagar.

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PDP party supporters shout slogans during a protest against the killing of National Conference activist 61-year old Haji Mohd Yousuf, in Srinagar.

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PDP president Mehbooba Mufti gestures towards her party workers at a protest dharna against the killing of National Conference activist 61-year old Haji Mohd Yousuf, in Srinagar.

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Inconsolable Women mourning a local boy killed in Kashmir

AFP (From Outlook, October 17, 2011)

Policeman baton-charges Kashmiri government employees during a protest in Srinagar. Government employees engaged in civic amenities held a protest demanding a hike in salary, among other demands.

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Police in action against the Employees of Jammu and Kashmir Government Urban Local Bodies during their protest in support of their long pending demands, at Jahangir Chowk in Srinagar.

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PDP President Mehbooba Mufti discussing with senior party leaders during a protest against J&K Assembly Speaker Mohd Akbar Lone in Srinagar.

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