Indian troops fire at Kashmir protesters, 14 injured

August 23, 2016 | By | Reply More

Aug  23, – However, local residents said the clashes erupted after troops fired tear gas indiscriminately to intimidate villagers while moving through the villages. They said the agitated villagers objected and retaliated with rocks, and the troops responded by firing live ammunition and shotgun pellets.

Kashmir protestersGovernment forces in Indian-controlled Kashmir fired bullets and shotgun pellets on Tuesday to break up protests demanding an end to Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region, injuring at least 14 people, officials said.

Police said the troops fired after villagers pelted them with stones in the southern Shopian area while they were clearing roadblocks set up by anti-India protesters in about half a dozen villages.

Bashir Ahmed Chak, a villager whose young son was among the injured, said it was a “premeditated attack” by the troops.

The injured were hospitalized.

Clashes were also reported in at least two places in the northern Bandipore area, where a woman was injured.

The killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8 has sparked some of Kashmir’s largest protests against Indian rule in recent years.

At least 65 civilians have been killed and thousands injured, mostly by government forces firing bullets and shotguns at rock-throwing protesters. Two policemen have also been killed and hundreds of government forces have been injured in the clashes.

A strict curfew, a series of communication blackouts and an intensified crackdown since then have failed to stop more than six weeks of deadly protests against Indian rule. Residents have struggled to cope with shortages of food, medicine and other necessities.

Authorities lifted a daytime curfew in some parts of Kashmir’s main city of Srinagar. However, curfew and security restrictions continued in old parts of Srinagar and in other areas in the region.

Press journalist for HROmedia – Saurav Nag reports.

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