Kashmir teen’s death sparks protests
At least 30 people were injured in Indian-controlled Kashmir on Saturday after government forces fired shotgun pellets and tear gas as a funeral procession for a teenager turned into a protest against Indian rule.
Police and paramilitary soldiers intercepted the mourners carrying the body of the teenage boy who his family alleges died of police torture in Srinagar, the main city of the disputed region.
Witnesses said hundreds of young men participating in the funeral hurled rocks at the troops as tear gas shells exploded near the boy’s coffin, while another group of mourners changed route to bury him.
Government forces fired pellets, warning shots and tear gas, fearing the procession could become a larger rally seeking an end of Indian rule in the Himalayan region, said a police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity.
The boy died in a hospital overnight after he was found unconscious a day after he went missing on Oct. 27.