Indian troops open fire on Kashmir protesters

 22 Jul 2017 - 2:01

Indian troops open fire on Kashmir protesters
Kashmiri youths clashing with government forces during the funeral of Tanveer Ahmed in Beerwah, yesterday.

AFP

Srinagar:  The Indian army opened fire on a group of stone-throwing protesters yesterday, killing one youth and injuring another in Indian-administered Kashmir, police said. The demonstrators had gathered in the town of Beerwah after senior separatist leaders called for a strike against Indian rule.
Soldiers opened fire after mistaking a firecracker for a grenade explosion, police said.
“Someone among these miscreants (protesters) ... hurled a firecracker towards the army men. Because of the bang the army men thought a grenade was hurled and they retaliated,” the statement said.
Authorities have imposed a curfew in parts of the main city of Srinagar where separatists had called for a march to the office of a UN military observer group to protest against recent civilian killings and arrest of dozens of political activists.
For decades rebel groups have fought roughly 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the territory, demanding independence or a merger with Pakistan.