Monday, September 13, 2010

Kashmiris wounded as Indian troops fire live ammunition

World Bulletin, 12 September 2010 17:05

Indian security forces on Sunday fired live ammunition and clashed with hundreds of protesters with imposing an indefinite curfew on Kashmir a day after Muslims renewed its demands for independence in protests against New Delhi's rule in last day of Eid Al Fitr on Saturday.

At least 20 people were injured.

The biggest pro-freedom demonstrations in two years in Kashmir were triggered by the killing of a 17-year-old student by police in June.

Seventy protesters and bystanders - some children - have been killed, mostly by security forces who have fired on demonstrations.

Five were wounded when police fired live ammunition and tear gas shells in southern Kashmir to disperse a crowd hurling stones at the home of Kashmir's education minister, Peerzada Mohammad Syed.

"Syed was inside at the time of attack, but escaped unhurt," a senior police official said.

At least 15 people, including eight policemen, were injured in clashes between government forces and protesters in different parts of the Muslim-majority Kashmir Valley, police said.

Troops equipped with assault rifles patrolled deserted streets and blocked off lanes with razor wire and iron barricades in Srinagar, where tens of thousands of people have been killed in two decades of conflict.

The curfew extended to other big towns in the Kashmir valley.

After Eid prayers to mark the end of the Ramadan fasting month, tens of thousands marched through Srinagar on Saturday.

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