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Kashmiri woman held for stone throwing

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 22, 2012 at 7:35 am •  Published: December 22, 2012

SRINAGAR, India (AP) — Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir arrested a young woman accused of throwing stones at government forces during anti-India protests two years ago. She has been charged with attempted murder, a police officer said Saturday.

Zahida Akhtar was arrested on Friday in southern town of Anantnag and also is charged with instigating protests, said police officer Ramesh Jalla.

A court freed Akhtar on bail later Saturday pending trial, Jalla said.

In 2010, Kashmir witnessed some of the largest protests against Indian rule that left at least 112 people dead in firing by government forces.

Police say more than 3,000 cases involving thousands of Kashmiri people are being investigated for their participation in the protests. Some of them face severe charges ranging from unlawful assembly to attempt to murder.

Adil Ahmed Dar, Akhtar's brother, denied the police claim and said his sister was hit by a police bullet and had to drop out of school.

"I took her to the police station after police came to my shop and said she was wanted for an inquiry. When we reached there, they simply arrested her," Dar said.

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