Boy's killing sparks fresh clashes, curfew in occupied Kashmir

Published: October 8, 2016
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PHOTO: Reuters

PHOTO: Reuters

Indian occupied Kashmir’s main city came under curfew again after thousands clashed with government forces during the funeral of boy killed in protests, police said Saturday.

Police and paramilitary troops fired tear gas, pellets and live rounds into the air to disperse the funeral procession of the 12-year-old as his body was carried to Srinagar’s “Martyr’s Graveyard”, a police officer told AFP on condition of anonymity as he was not authorised to speak to the media.

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Residents said the boy was sprayed with pellets in the lawn outside his home, but police say he was part of anti-India protests that took place Friday.

“We are taking all possible measures so that the protests don’t spread to other areas,” the officer said, referring to the curfew.

The angry mourners were shouting “We want freedom” and “Go Indian, go back” during the procession.

More than 50 people were injured during Friday’s protests in the restive Himalayan region, which has been roiled by deadly violence for nearly four months.

At least 90 people, most of them young protesters, have been killed and more than 12,000 injured in clashes with Indian security forces.

Thousands more have been arrested since the unrest began on July 8, when a popular militant leader was killed in a gunfight with soldiers.

Since then shops, schools and most banks have remained shut and authorities have suspended mobile phone internet services.

In a separate incident overnight, suspected rebels fired at a police post in the southern Shopian district killing an officer and injuring three others, a police statement said.

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Kashmir has been divided between rivals India and Pakistan since the end of British rule in 1947. Both claim the territory in full.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, where rebel groups have fought Indian troops since 1989 for either independence or a merger with Pakistan.

Tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours has soared after a militant attack last month on an Indian army base killed 19 soldiers, with the two armies exchanging heavy fire and mortars across their de facto border in Kashmir almost every day.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Anwar
    Oct 8, 2016 - 1:47PM

    Sad to see even kids are not save from this brutality. Kashmir freedom is writing on the wall.Recommend

  • Amin Akhtar Budh
    Oct 8, 2016 - 3:55PM

    It is ironic that the world is sleeping on this. This is the hypocrisy of the world specially so called global powers. When South Sudan wanted freedom, the world swung in action because it was in conformity to their interests. When Libya went to civil war, the outcome was achieved within months. Here we have a brutal killings and total neglect of human rights from last 60 years, and the world has turned a blind eye. This is ironic. And what else will be the outcome of such hypocrisy other than individual reactions which they will then term as ‘terrorism’. The humanity is asleep while the thugs rule the world…!Recommend

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