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Kashmir startups navigate barbed-wire checkpoints, internet shutdowns

Entrepreneurs fill vacuum left by bigger players in violence-plagued Himalayan region

Indian security forces in Kashmir frequently stop motorists and frisk them, fearing they could be militants planning an attack.   © AP

SRINAGAR, India -- Barbed-wire checkpoints, frisks by gun-toting Indian security forces and surprise internet shutdowns.

Funding is usually the biggest worry for startups, but Kashmir's young entrepreneurs are also navigating their Himalayan homeland's never-ending cycle of violence as they fill a void left by major app providers that have given the conflict zone a wide berth.

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