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Amnesty International has joined a growing chorus accusing India of supporting a climate of intolerance by cracking down on dissent through arbitrary arrests, caste-based discrimination, extrajudicial killings and attacks on freedom of expression.
Shouting slogans and holding placards, thousands of students and teachers marched through the heart of the Indian capital Tuesday to protest the recent death of a student who faced caste discrimination and the arrest of a student leader on sedition charges.
Protests that led to caste violence in north India near end
Authorities in a north Indian state on Monday began lifting curfews in key towns and protesters gradually removed roadblocks after 12 people died in clashes during their demonstrations for government benefits.
Indian forces on Monday killed the last three militants who had holed up for three days in a building in India's portion of Kashmir, the army said, raising the standoff's toll to nine dead.
North India protests lead to water shortage in New Delhi
As thousands of members of an underprivileged community in northern India continue to protest to demand government benefits, the more than 16 million people in India's capital are facing a water shortage as a result of the violent demonstrations, which have left at least 10 dead.
5 dead in Kashmir standoff between Indian forces and small rebel group
A handful of rebels holed up in a building in the Indian portion of Kashmir exchanged fire with government forces for the second straight day Sunday, raising the number of dead to four soldiers and one civilian. Another 13 paramilitary troops have been wounded in the standoff.
Islamic militants fired automatic rifles at a convoy of Indian paramilitary soldiers in the Indian portion of Kashmir on Saturday, killing two and wounding 10 others before taking refuge in a nearby government building, police said.
Violence erupts during protests for caste benefits in India
Hundreds of army and paramilitary soldiers on Saturday tried to quell protests by angry mobs demanding government benefits in a northern Indian state. Dozens of vehicles, shopping malls, rail stations have been burned and lawmakers' homes attacked as police were ordered to fire without warning.
India rallies against student leader's arrest spread
Scenes of protest that rocked a New Delhi university this week spread across the country Thursday, with students and teachers from cities including Bangalore, Jaipur and Chennai joining demands for the release of a student leader arrested on sedition charges.
Lawyers clash with protesters in India over student's arrest
Dozens of lawyers, many with links to India's ruling nationalist party, clashed Wednesday with protesters demanding the release of a student leader arrested under India's colonial-era sedition laws.
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