UNITED NATIONS - The United Nations is collecting information about the developments in the Indian-occupied Kashmir where New Deli sent its army troops last week to quell the growing anti-India protests in which 17 people have been killed, a UN spokesman said Monday. Responding to a question at the regular noon briefing, Associate Spokesman Farhan Haq said the information was being gathered through UNMOGIP [United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan], which monitors the Line of Control in Kashmir, as well as other sources. Were monitoring the situation, he added. The UN chief has not yet reacted to the killings in the occupied Kashmir other than saying he is keeping a watch on the developments. According to media reports, Indian troops were called in after police failed to control weeks of street protests in the occupied territory. Most of the deaths were in police firing, the reports said. Political parties in Indian-occupied Kashmir have called for an inquiry into the deaths of protesters at the hands of security forces. An undeclared curfew continues in parts of central Srinagar, the reports said. Shops and offices have been shut by a strike called by separatists. The violence comes ahead of foreign minister-level talks later this week between India and Pakistan. Meanwhile, a dispatch from Srinagar published in The New York Times Monday depicted the situation as it turned for the worse on June 11, when Tufail Ahmad Mattoo, a stduent, was killed by a tear gas canister fired from close range. That morning Mattoo, 17, had been simply a student with a rucksack full of books. By days end, he was being called a martyr for the disputed region of Kashmir, and the next day, against his familys will, he was buried in the Martyrs Graveyard of Srinagar, the dispatch said. The events that have unfolded here over the past month followed a script that has played out every summer for three years, The Times said. In 2008 dozens of Kashmiris died and everyday life was paralysed in disputes over land for Hindu pilgrims. Last year protests flared after two young women were found dead by a stream in the town of Shopian. It appeared that they had been raped and killed by security forces, but Indian investigators claimed they had accidentally drowned. This summer, a fresh crisis has emerged, with Mattoos death the catalyst. Since then, stone-throwing mobs have confronted security forces almost daily. A government clampdown, which included several days of strict curfew that ended Sunday and the deployment of the Indian Army on the outskirts of this restive city for the first time in more than a decade, have brought a semblance of calm. But few believe the peace will last, the dispatch said. The partition of British India divided Kashmir between India and Pakistan. But both countries, now armed with nuclear weapons, continue to claim the Himalayan region, it said. These days, though, the battle for Kashmir comes from within, according to The New York Times.