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An injured Shiite Muslim weeps as he is held by his mate as they are taken into custody in a police van during a Muharram procession in Srinagar. Police fired tear gas and swung batons to disperse hundreds of Muslims participating in religious processions in Kashmir. Large public gatherings have been banned in Kashmir since the outbreak of an insurgency in 1989 by nearly a dozen groups demanding the Himalayan region's independence from India, or its merger with neighboring Pakistan.

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Kashmiri Shiite Muslims throw stones at policemen after they were stopped during a Muharram procession in Srinagar. Police fired tear gas and swung batons to disperse hundreds of Muslims participating in religious processions in Kashmir. Large public gatherings have been banned in Kashmir since the outbreak of an insurgency in 1989 by nearly a dozen groups demanding the Himalayan region's independence from India, or its merger with neighboring Pakistan.

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CRPF jawan stands guard in a deserted street during curfew in Srinagar. The curfew has been imposed in the view of Muharram processions.

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A Kashmiri Shiite Muslim boy bleeds as he flagellates himself during a Muharram procession in Srinagar. Muharram is a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.

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Kashmiri Shiite Muslims shout slogans against the U.S. during a Muharram procession in Srinagar. Muharram is a month of mourning in remembrance of the martyrdom of Imam Hussein, the grandson of Prophet Mohammed.

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A Kashmiri girl wrapped in woolens walks to her school on a cold and foggy morning in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri man Manzoor Ahmed prepares 'Harisa' before serving it to customers in Srinagar. Harisa is a winter dish which is sold early mornings at shops called Harisa Van in winter.

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A Kashmiri Muslim rows his boat in Dal Lake on a cold and foggy morning in Srinagar.

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Protestors burn a Pakistan flag during a protest on the anniversary of the 2001 attack on the parliament in Jammu.

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Police lathicharging on shopkeepers during a protest rally to press for their long pending demands, at Hari Market in Jammu.

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Security personnel check commuters during a search operation after security agencies got inputs regarding presence of militants and their plans for attack, at Maulana Azad Road in Srinagar.

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Activists of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) hold torches during a protest march to mark International Human Rights Day in Srinagar.

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Kashmiris watch activists of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) march with torches during a protest to mark International Human Rights Day in Srinagar.

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A relative of a disappeared person leans on a placard during a demonstration organized by Jammu-Kashmir Coalition of Civil Society, a day before International Human Rights Day, in Srinagar.

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Army and Special Operation Group (SOG) of Police personnel entering the house where a militant was holded up, during an encounter in Sopore, 55 kms from Srinagar. One army officer and a militant was killed in the encounter.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah looks at the list of grievances of citizens during 'awaami mulakat' (meet the people), at Shopian.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah with the new GoC of 15 Corps, Lt-Gen Syed Ata Hasnain, during a meeting in Srinagar.

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Women block a road during a protest against the arrest of a youth allegedly involved in stone pelting at Parimpora in Srinagar.

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PDP President Mehbooba Mufti (C) during a party meeting in Jammu.

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National Conference leaders including Union minister for new and renewable energy Farooq Abdullah and his son and Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah offer 'Fateh Khawani' (special prayers) at the grave of party founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah on his 105th birth anniversary in Srinagar.

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Ramvilas Paswan (2nd R), head of the Parliamentary and civil society delegation, speaks at a press conference as other members, including CPI's D Raja (R), look on in Srinagar.

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Members of a Parliamentary and civil society team, including CPI's D Raja, interact with PDP leader Mehbooba Mufti at her residence in Srinagar.

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Chairman of moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umer Farroq receiving the members of a Parliamentary and civil society team headed by Ram Vilas Paswan at his residence in Srinagar. The team is on a three-day visit to the valley to meet the political parties, youth and the families of the victims killed during protests.

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Police chase away Kashmiri protesters during a protest in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri protesters shout slogans during a protest in Srinagar. Anti-India sentiment runs deep in the region after decades of violent turmoil. Separatist insurgencies and crackdowns by the hundreds of thousands of Indian troops deployed in the Indian-administered portion have killed more than 68,000, most of them civilians, since 1989.

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Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, addresses a press conference in Srinagar.

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A college student displays a red ribbon, the symbol for AIDS awareness, at a rally to mark World AIDS Day in Jammu.

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Security men hold a Bharatiya Janata Party activist who tried to stop the car of Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, unseen, as he arrives for a press conference at the foreign correspondent's club in New Delhi

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A security person keeps vigil on the banks of the Dal Lake during a high alert sounded after Nov 29, 2010 gun battle, in which three militants and one policeman died, in Srinagar.

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Policemen pay homage near the coffin of the fallen policeman during a wreath-laying ceremony in Srinagar.

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A policeman sits next to the body of his colleague killed in a shootout, in a police ambulance at a local hospital in Srinagar. A shootout in a crowded marketplace in the Indian portion of Kashmir left three suspected Muslim rebels and one policeman dead, police said.

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Inspector General of Police (Kashmir) S M Sahai (L) during a press conference on killing of Abdul Rehman (his pictures at right), self-styled Divisional Commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), North Kashmir, in an anti-Militant operation in Handwara district, at Police Control Room in Srinagar.

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Paramedics prepare to load the body of a policeman, killed in a shootout, into a police ambulance at a local hospital in Srinagar.

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Security personnel move towards the site of an encounter in Qamarwari area where a police officer and three militants killed, in Srinagar.

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Security personnel move towards the site of an encounter in Qamarwari area where a police officer and three militants killed, in Srinagar.

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Paramilitary soldiers walk at the site of a shootout in Srinagar. A shootout in a crowded marketplace in Kashmir left three suspected Muslim rebels and one policeman dead.

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Paramedics carry the body of a policeman killed in a shootout, at a local hospital in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri civilians help an injured civilian at the site of a shootout in Srinagar. A shootout in a crowded marketplace in Kashmir left three suspected Muslim rebels and one policeman dead.

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BJP Mahila Morcha activists blocking the Tawi Bridge during the party's 'Jammu bandh' agitation in protest against alleged discriminatory policies of the J & K government and their endorsement by the UPA, in Jammu.

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Wasim, a young Kashmiri boy returns home carrying a sack of coal on his shoulders in Srinagar.

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Security personnel stop youths during their protest against the house arrest of Syed Ali Geelani, Chairman of the hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference, after Friday prayers in Sringar.

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Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah along with the state Finance Minister Abdul Rahim Rather inspecting the rehabilitation works for flood affected families at Choglamsar on the outskirts of Leh.

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Security men guard outside the Jamia Masjid during curfew at Safa Kadal Chowk in Srinagar. Authorities imposed curfew to foil the Hurriyat Conference's Idgah Challo protest march.

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Kashmiri Muslim women raise their hands as the head priest, unseen, displays a relic believed to be a hair from the beard of the Prophet Mohammad, during special prayers to commemorate the death anniversary of Uthman, the third Caliph of Islam, at Hazratbal Shrine in Srinagar.

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Security personnel stand guard along a railway track during a trial-run of a train between Srinagar and Budgam in Srinagar on Thursday nearly four months after the service was suspended on 13th July.

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Chairman of the hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani shares a light moment with July G Bentley, Head of Political Affairs of Canadian High Commission, during a meeting at his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar.

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Chairman of Moderate Faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq shakes hands with Sumitra Dave (Left) Economic and Political Advisor of Canadian High Commission, as July G. Bentley (in Red) Head of Political Affairs of Canadian High Commission looks on during a delegation level meeting at his residence in Srinagar.

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A Haj pilgrim hugs her relative as she returns from the pilgrimage, in Srinagar.

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New recruits of the BSF march during the passing out parade ceremony in Humhama, on the outskirts of Srinagar.

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New recruits of the BSF take oath during the passing out parade ceremony in Humhama, on the outskirts of Srinagar.

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New recruits of the BSF pose for pictures as they practice before the start of the passing out parade ceremony in Humhama, on the outskirts of Srinagar.

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New recruits of the BSF line up during the passing out parade ceremony in Humhama, on the outskirts of Srinagar. A total 715 recruits formally inducted into the BSF, will join soldiers fighting separatist Islamic guerrillas in Kashmir to help end an insurgency that started in 1989.

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A police vehicle burns after protesters set it on fire after Eid prayers at Anantnag, some 55 kilometers south of Srinagar, J&K. Security forces fired warning shots and tear gas to quell protests after prayers marking the Eid al-Adha.

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A Muslim woman offers prayers during Eid al-Adha, in Jammu. Muslims around the world celebrate Eid al-Adha, or feast of sacrifice by slaughtering sheep and cattle in remembrance of Abraham's near-sacrifice of his son.

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Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah listening to public grievances during "Awami Darbar" at his office in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri Muslims shop ahead of the Eid al-Adha festival, in Srinagar.

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People throng a market place to buy snacks on the eve of Eid-ul-Zuha festival, in Srinagar

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Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah sings a bhajan during the closing ceremony of Kalke Mahotsav 2010 in Moradabad

Kashmiri Muslims offer special prayers outside the shrine of Shah Hamadan, on his death anniversary in Srinagar. Thousands of Kashmiri Sufi Muslim devotees thronged the shrine of Saint Hamdani, who traveled to Kashmir from Iran to spread Islam in the region.

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Army personnel after an encounter with a militant at Chanakhan in Sopore town 55 km's from Srinagar

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Kashmiri people offering Friday Prayers inside the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar. The masjid was opened for Friday prayers after six weeks.

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Kashmiri women are seen through the glass as they pray in the Jamia mosque in Srinaga. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims offered Friday prayers in the Jamia mosque, or grand mosque, in Kashmir's main city after almost two months as the authorities lifted curfew in the old parts of Srinagar. Prayers were not allowed in this historic mosque since last nine successive Fridays.

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Kashmiri Muslims prepare to throw stones at a police officer during a protest outside the Jamia mosque in Srinagar. Thousands of Kashmiri Muslims offered Friday prayers in the Jamia mosque or grand mosque in Kashmir's main city after almost two months as the authorities lifted curfew in the old parts of Srinagar on Fridays. Prayers were not allowed in this historic mosque since last nine successive Fridays.

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A Kashmiri boy rides a bicycle to cross a wooden bridge over the Dal Lake in Srinagar.

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A vendor rows his boat as he sells woolen blankets from his boat at the Dal Lake in Srinagar.

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Relatives of a disappeared person whisper as they participate in a protest organized by Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP), in Srinagar. According to APDP, more than 10,000 people have disappeared in the Kashmir valley since an armed rebellion broke out in the region in 1989.

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Kashmiri villagers help wildlife rangers to carry a bear after it was trapped in a cage set up by wild life department on the outskirts of Srinagar.

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Activists of CPI(M) raise slogans at a protest against visiting U.S.President Barack Obama in New Delhi. Obama pledged to work more closely with India to combat terrorism around the world, but stopped short of committing the United States to intervene in India's long-standing dispute with Pakistan over Kashmir.

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A man walks past CRPF soldiers patrolling a street in curfew-bound Srinagar.

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Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Ahmad Shah talks to media persons after members of BJP's youth wing disrupted his press conference and also ransacked furniture after gatecrashing into the venue. in Jammu. Shah was holding a press conference after his release from jail.

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People are seen near a barbed wire as normal life resumes after the lifting of curfew from Srinagar.

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CRPF recruits taking oath during their passing-out parade at CRPF base camp Humhama on the outskirts of Srinagar.

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Muslims offer namaz during the Karshmir Conference organised by Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind in New Delhi on Sunday, October 31, 2010

PTI Photo by Aman Sharma

The Union Home Minister, P. Chidambaram holding a press conference to present the Report Card of the Ministry of Home Affairs for the month of October, 2010, in New Delhi. Centre's three interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir have been able to change the "discourse" in the state, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram said today but asked them to refrain from giving a "ball-by-ball commentary" about the progress made in their dialogue.

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A Kashmiri Muslim beggar asks for alms during a shutdown in Srinagar.

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A CRPF Jawan stands guard on a deserted street near the Dastagir Sahib shrine during curfew in Srinagar.

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An unidentified relative of Shiraz Ahmed, a Kashmir shopkeeper, weeps after Ahmed was arrested by police during a raid in Srinagar. Police fired disperse a crowd of protesters resisting the arrest of Ahmed, an alleged stone-pelter.

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Paramilitary soldiers stand guard on a road leading towards the office of United Nations Military Observer Group, in Srinagar. Authorities imposed a curfew in many parts of Kashmir to stop pro-independence rallies called by separatists in the region.

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Bharatiya Janata Party members burn an effigy of J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah during a protest in Calcutta. The protesters demanded the arrest of Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani for his anti-India campaign.

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A Kashmiri family walks past a wall with a graffiti during a strike in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri fishermen row their boat on their way home after the day's work as the sun sets above the Dal Lake in Srinagar

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A Kashmiri man rides a bicycle past a paramilitary soldier during a strike in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, center, and his supporters hold a silent protest outside his party headquarter in Srinagar.

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Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani addresses a press conference at his party headquarter in Srinagar. Geelani vowed to press ahead with anti-India protests and accused New Delhi of ignoring its demands like release of political prisoners, demilitarization of the disputed region and repeal of harsh laws as a prerequisite for beginning talks for resolving the Kashmir crisis.

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Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq addresses a press conference as he launches a signature campaign on a petition to President Barack Obama in Srinagar. The petition sought intervention by Obama on the long standing Kashmir dispute ahead of his upcoming visit to India.

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A Kashmiri woman wails inside her partially damaged house after a gunbattle on the outskirts of Srinagar.

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A Kashmiri boy stands on the debris of a house after a gun battle in the outskirts of Srinagar.

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Kashmiri Muslim women salvage their belongings from the debris of a house after a gun battle on the outskirts of Srinagar. Residents in a village in Kashmir alleged troops of stealing valuables from their houses a day after army said troops killed three suspected rebels in a nine-hour fighting in a village.

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Chairman of the hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani speaks during a convention on 'Azaadi, the only way', in New Delhi.

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Army soldiers look from inside of an armored vehicle near the site of a gun battle on the outskirts of Srinagar.

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Dust and smoke rises in air as a house is hit by munitions fired by army soldiers as they combat rebel positions during a gun battle on the outskirts of Srinagar.

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Army soldiers take cover behind a wall as they try to storm a house where suspected militants were hiding during a gun battle on the outskirts of Srinagar.

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An army soldier runs to take position during a gunbattle on the outskirts of Srinagar.

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An army soldier carries a child to safety during a gunbattle on the outskirts of Srinagar. Troops evacuated hundreds of people as a fierce gunbattle erupted with three Jaish-e-Mohammed militants hiding in a village home in Kashmir.

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Army soldiers and a policeman take position behind a wall during a gunbattle on the outskirts of Srinagar. Troops evacuated hundreds of people as a fierce gunbattle erupted with three Jaish-e- Mohammad militants hiding in a village home in Kashmir.

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Riot act A protest in Srinagar last month. Coverage of Kashmir is marked by absence of candour, understanding.

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Interlocutors for J&K, Dr. Dilip Padgaonkar, Prof. (Mrs.) Radha Kumar and Prof. M.M. Ansari call on the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi.

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In the line of fire Media persons rush for cover during an encounter in Srinagar, April 2005

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Folk artists from the Rajasthan perform during the inauguration of the two day Rajasthan festival held as part of tourism promotion in Jammu.

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