Boy’s killing sparks fresh clashes, curfew in Indian Kashmir

 Kashmiri Muslims shout slogans as they carry the body of Junaid Ahmad, 12,  during his funeral procession in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir Picture: Farooq Khan / EPA
Kashmiri Muslims shout slogans as they carry the body of Junaid Ahmad, 12, during his funeral procession in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir
Picture: Farooq Khan / EPA

Indian-administered 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.

Residents said the boy was sprayed with pellets on 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.

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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  • October 8, 2016 at 10:23 am

    I condemn the systematic violence used by Indian armed forces in the disputed Kashmir, and 1 demand an immediate end to this state terrorism against civilians. 1 furthermore, demand that Indian government communicate with Kashmiris, rather than considering it a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. 1 also call on world leaders and human rights organisations to unequivocally condemn the siege of Kashmir and the ensuing war crimes and human rights violations by India’s security forces.
    Citizens of Kashmir are against indian rule since from decades and India is trying hard to shadow the Kashmir unrest by suppressing peoples voices, blanket ban on Internet ,mobile services, newspaper, local media or arresting the citizens .No country can occupy any land illegally. Occupying Kashmir illegally does not mean Kashmir is part of India or Pakistan, Kashmir deserves Independent. as it was princely state before creation of Pakistan & India with ts own language, its own natural resources which provided self-sustainment and autonomy, and its own rich, ancient, and distinct culture, completely separate from India & Pakistan.
    Its time to put an end to the violence perpetrated by India in Kashmir, the territory unwillingly occupied for six decades, It’s time that citizens of Kashmir be allowed to sort out their own affairs and determine their own future. International Community and world leaders should come forward now and discuss Kashmir on table.


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