Indian soldiers fire at Kashmir protesters, 1 killed

2016-09-23 20:20
A Kashmiri Muslim protester prepares to throw back a tear gas canister at Indian security personnel (File, AP)

A Kashmiri Muslim protester prepares to throw back a tear gas canister at Indian security personnel (File, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Srinagar — One person was killed and dozens of others wounded on Friday when Indian government forces fired live ammunition and shotgun pellets to stop protests against Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, police said.

A police officer said the man died in the northwestern Sopore area after soldiers fired at protesters who attacked an army convoy with stones.

However, residents said the 22-year-old man was working in his orchard and soldiers fired at him from their vehicle.

The news of the death brought hundreds of villagers to the streets, where they chanted slogans such as "We want freedom" and clashed with government forces.

Clashes also erupted in at least three other places, and at least 30 people were reported injured.

Earlier, government forces blocked worshippers from offering Friday prayers at large mosques for the 11th consecutive week. However, prayers were allowed at small neighbourhood mosques.

Kashmir is witnessing the largest protests against Indian rule in recent years, sparked by the July 8 killing of a popular rebel commander by Indian soldiers. The protests, and a sweeping security crackdown, have all but paralysed life in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

More than 80 civilians have been killed and thousands injured, including hundreds blinded and maimed, mostly by government forces firing bullets and shotgun pellets at rock-throwing protesters. Two policemen have also been killed and hundreds of government forces have been injured in the clashes.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan but claimed by both. Most people in the Indian-controlled portion favour independence or a merger with Pakistan.

A militant uprising and subsequent Indian military crackdown since 1989 have killed more than 68 000 people.

Read more on:    india  |  pakistan

Join the conversation! encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

Inside News24


Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.


Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire network.


Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.