5 shot dead at Kashmir protest
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. –
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.