Anti-In­dia clashes erupt in Sri­na­gar after boy’s killing

Kuwait Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

In­dian forces fired shot­gun pel­lets and tear gas yes­ter­day as thou­sands of peo­ple car­ried the body of a 12-year-old boy killed overnight dur­ing an anti-In­dia protest in the main city of the In­dian-con­trolled por­tion of Kash­mir.

Chant­ing “Go In­dia, go back” and “We want free­dom,” thou­sands of res­i­dents marched to the main Mar­tyr’s Grave­yard in Sri­na­gar for the boy’s burial. Po­lice and para­mil­i­tary sol­diers fired warn­ing shots, pel­lets and tear gas, fear­ing the pro­ces­sion could be­come a larger rally call­ing for an end to In­dian rule in the dis­puted Hi­malayan re­gion, said a po­lice of­fi­cer, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity in keep­ing with de­part­ment pol­icy. Some tear gas shells landed near the mourn­ers car­ry­ing the body, which was draped in a Pak­istani flag with pro-free­dom slo­gans writ­ten on it.

Clashes broke out as hun­dreds of young men hurled rocks at the troops while an­other group of mourn­ers changed route to bury the dead. Clashes also spread to at least four other neigh­bor­hoods in down­town Sri­na­gar, with scores re­ported in­jured. The boy was crit­i­cally in­jured Fri­day evening after he was hit by shot­gun pel­lets all over his body. He died at a hospi­tal overnight.

Res­i­dents said the boy was hit in­side his home com­pound, some 9 me­ters (30 feet) from clashes be­tween pro­test­ers and govern­ment forces. Po­lice said he was part of the clashes.

At least 50 peo­ple were in­jured dur­ing dozens of clashes Fri­day as tens of thou­sands of Kash­miris protested against In­dian rule. Govern­ment forces con­tin­ued fir­ing shot­guns to dis­perse an­gry crowds de­spite re­peated warn­ings from In­dia’s Home Min­istry to min­i­mize their use and wide­spread out­cry against such weapons by lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional rights groups that have sought their ban. The pel­lets have killed at least six peo­ple and left hun­dreds of civil­ians with se­ri­ous eye in­juries, with dozens los­ing their eye­sight. — AP

SRI­NA­GAR: Kash­miri pro­tes­tors clash with In­dian po­lice dur­ing the funeral pro­ces­sion of Ju­naid Ah­mad, 12, in down­town Sri­na­gar yes­ter­day. — AFP

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