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Protests, curfew continue in India-controlled Kashmir

08-20-2010 09:32 BJT

SRINAGAR, India-controlled Kashmir, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- Around a dozen people including two girls were injured Thursday in clashes between protesters and police and paramilitary troopers across India-controlled Kashmir, police said.

The protests broke out despite curfew restrictions imposed by authorities in most towns of Muslim dominated areas including Srinagar city, the summer capital of India-controlled Kashmir.

Early morning, a nine-year-old Milat Ahmad Dar succumbed to injuries at a Srinagar hospital. The boy was last week hit by a stray bullet while playing in Anantnag, 63 km south of Srinagar. Hundreds of people participated in the funeral procession of the boy.

Reports said hundreds of demonstrators shouting slogans "We want freedom, and Go India Go Back!" tried to assemble in Srinagar.

However, the police and India's paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) fired shots to break the protests injuring at least five. Police said the protesters tried to pull down a CRPF bunker.

"Today a huge mob pelted stones on CRPF at Soura and tried to dismantle a bunker. Police and the forces used tear gas and cane charge to disburse the mob but it was regrouping again and again. The forces had to fire in self defense. Three persons have got injured. Some police and CRPF personnel sustained injuries," said a police officer.

Reports of similar protests were received from SeeloSopore, 55 km northwest of Srinagar and at several places in southern Anantnag. Police and paramilitary troopers opened fire to disperse the protesters, during which several people were injured.

For the past two months public protests spread across the region against New Delhi's rule and death of civilians caused by police.

At least 60 civilians, mostly teenagers have been killed in police and paramilitary crackdown on protesters since June 11.

The civilian casualties built pressure on the region's Chief Minister Omar Abdullah whom critics say is unable to control the situation.

Editor:Jin Lin |Source: Xinhua

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