Kash­mir clashes claim 23 lives

The Myanmar Times - - World -

PRO­TEST­ERS and gov­ern­ment forces in In­dian Kash­mir clashed for a sec­ond day as anger over the death of an in­flu­en­tial rebel leader boiled over, with 23 peo­ple killed in some of the worst civil­ian un­rest to hit the re­gion since 2010.

An­other 200 peo­ple have been wounded in the vi­o­lence, many of them pro­test­ers who were hit when gov­ern­ment forces fired tear gas can­is­ters and live am­mu­ni­tion on July 9.

Among the 23 dead was a po­lice­man who drowned when pro­test­ers pushed an ar­moured ve­hi­cle into a river in the south­ern dis­trict of Sangam on July 9.

Thou­sands of res­i­dents of the dis­puted re­gion are de­fy­ing a gov­ern­ment-im­posed cur­few to take to the streets in protest at the killing of rebel leader Burhan Wani.

The state gov­ern­ment, which has also cut off in­ter­net and mo­bile phone net­works to try to stop the protests spread­ing, called for calm.

“They [pro­test­ers] should not take their protests to a level where a man hold­ing a gun is forced to open fire,” said spokesper­son Nay­eem Akhtar.

There were also re­ports of se­cu­rity forces at­tack­ing hos­pi­tals and am­bu­lances treat­ing the wounded.

Mr Wani, a 22-year-old com­man­der of Kash­mir’s largest rebel group Hizbul Mu­jahideen (HM), was killed along with two other rebels dur­ing a gun bat­tle with gov­ern­ment forces.

Mr Wani joined the HM rebel group at 15 and was viewed as a hero by many in Kash­mir. The state’s for­mer chief min­is­ter Omar Ab­dul­lah tweeted after his death that he had be­come the “new icon of Kash­mir’s dis­af­fected”. –

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Myanmar

© PressReader. All rights reserved.