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Rebels Urge Kashmiris to Boycott Indian Election

A front-line rebel group urged people in strife-torn Kashmir Monday not to take part in India’s upcoming national elections as new violence hit the disputed Himalayan region. Police said 14 people were wounded in a grenade attack in Srinagar, the capital of the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir. India announced Sunday the country would go to the polls in four stages from April 20 to May 10 in an election expected to return the ruling Hindu nationalist-led coalition to power. “We appeal to the people of Kashmir to remain away from the elections and show their resentment against Indian rule,” Syed Salahuddin, chief of Hizbul Mujahideen, said in a statement. Full Story

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