5 shot dead at Kashmir protest

The Myanmar Times - - World -

SE­CU­RITY forces shot dead five peo­ple and wounded an­other 20 dur­ing a protest at a vil­lage in In­dian-con­trolled Kashmir yes­ter­day, ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses.

The shoot­ing oc­curred when res­i­dents of Raipan­than vil­lage protested against what they said were ag­gres­sive tac­tics by mem­bers of the se­cu­rity forces dur­ing an overnight pa­trol de­signed to en­force a cur­few.

Some res­i­dents claimed that a pro­tester was killed af­ter mem­bers of the Cen­tral Re­serve Po­lice Force opened fire and an­other three died of their in­juries.

A fur­ther 20 pro­test­ers were taken to a nearby hospi­tal for treat­ment.

In Ban­ga­lore, po­lice have charged Amnesty with sedi­tion af­ter sev­eral Kash­miris al­legedly called for in­de­pen­dence for the trou­bled re­gion at an event or­gan­ised by the rights group, an of­fi­cer said yes­ter­day.

Po­lice in the south­ern city of Srini­gar filed the ini­tial charges against Amnesty In­dia fol­low­ing com­plaints by a Hindu na­tion­al­ist stu­dent or­gan­i­sa­tion whose mem­bers recorded the event.

“We have booked a case of sedi­tion and ri­ot­ing un­der var­i­ous sec­tions of the In­dian pe­nal code against Amnesty on a com­plaint that anti-In­dia slo­gans were raised at an event it or­gan­ised,” said deputy po­lice com­mis­sioner TR Suresh.

At the Au­gust 13 fo­rum at the United The­o­log­i­cal Col­lege in Srinagar, Kash­miri fam­i­lies spoke of al­leged abuses by se­cu­rity forces.

Mem­bers of the Akhil Bharatiya Vid­yarthi Par­ishad (All In­dia Stu­dents Coun­cil), aligned with In­dia’s rul­ing Hindu na­tion­al­ist Bharatiya Janata Party, said some Kash­miris tak­ing part had used pro-free­dom slo­gans. –

Photo: AFP

Pak­istani pro­test­ers burn im­ages of In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and In­dian flags in La­hore, dur­ing a demon­stra­tion on In­dia’s In­de­pen­dence Day on Au­gust 15 to show sol­i­dar­ity with Kash­miri Mus­lims.

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