India Steps Up Patrols After Kashmir Slaughter

“The search operations continue today, but because of the mountainous terrain, topography of the district and dense jungles, the militants might have slipped from these areas,” said Maj. Gen. P.P.S. Bindra of the Northern Command.

Authorities lifted a day curfew in two areas of the Jammu region. But Jammu city was still crippled by a near-total curfew for a third day, and security men guarded telephone exchanges, television stations and other vital installations.

Hindu right-wing groups considered close to Vajpayee’s Bharatiya Janata Party called a general strike in Delhi and several other areas today against the killing of pilgrims.

Local media said transport from Bombay’s western suburbs was badly hit and there had been some violence.

In the western state of Gujarat, officials said a curfew had been imposed in the textile town of Surat after three people were stabbed to death Thursday during a protest strike.

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