Protester killed in fresh clashes in Indian-held Kashmir

The killing takes the death toll to five in clashes that have continued for the fourth consecutive day


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An Indian paramilitary trooper stands guard during a tense curfew in Srinagar on April 15, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

SRINAGAR: A young man was killed Friday in Indian-held Kashmir when soldiers fired on protesters, taking the death toll to five in clashes that have continued for the fourth consecutive day, officials said.

"The 19-year-old was brought to the hospital with bullet injuries but he could not be saved," a doctor at a local hospital told AFP, declining to be named.

A police officer speaking on condition of anonymity confirmed the death, saying three other protesters with bullet wounds were sent to a hospital in the main city of Srinagar.

One killed in fresh Kashmir clashes

The latest clashes happened in Natnusa village, some 70 kilometres northwest of Srinagar.

On Tuesday, angry residents in the northern town of Handwara stormed an army bunker after a soldier was accused of molesting a local girl. Soldiers fired into the crowd, leaving three people dead, while a protester was killed in Wednesday as angry residents clashed with police.

The incidents have heightened tensions in the disputed region, where many resent the huge presence of Indian troops and regularly accuse soldiers of rights abuses.

On Friday authorities continued a curfew in parts of the territory, including Srinagar, for a third day as separatists opposed to Indian rule in Kashmir called for protests over the killings.

Mobile internet service also remained suspended.

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Kashmir's chief minister, Mehbooba Mufti has warned officials over harming civilians while maintaining order following the deaths.

The Indian army, police and the local government have initiated three separate inquirers into Tuesday's shootings, promising punishment if any soldier were found guilty.

But an emergency military law grants soldiers deployed in Kashmir immunity from prosecution in civilian courts unless specifically permitted by New Delhi.

Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since partition in 1947. Both claim the region in full and have fought two of their three wars over it.

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In 1989 a rebellion against Indian rule in Kashmir erupted with groups seeking independence or a merger of the territory with Pakistan.

Consequently, hundreds of thousands of Indian troops were deployed in the region, making it one of the world's most militarised zones.

The fighting has left tens of thousands dead, mostly civilians.

COMMENTS (3)

Chacha Jee | 5 years ago | Reply Punjab and Bengal were divided 1947 and population transferred as per their religion. Kashmir in whatever way got divided and all the Hindu and Sikh population in Pakistan part of Kashmir came to, however muslim population didn't go or was not forced to leave. All this conflicts in Kashmir and in India is because muslim were not sent to pakistan. If anyone thinks that another land locked like Afghanistan will be created sandwiched within China and Pakistan with its warlords like Geelanis and Maliks then they are delusional. If conflict exceeds beyond certain level, then Pakistan be prepared to accept millions of muslim refugees. Just like Burma washed it's hands off with muslim population, India can do same if push comes to shove. .
SuperNeo | 5 years ago | Reply I salute to Indian army , kind of patience they have shown , in extreme situation only they have used force to save themselves. those killed are brainwashed peoples. got right treatment.
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