Kash­mir teen’s death sparks protests

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - NATION+WORLD -

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.

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