1 killed, several injured in clashes in India-controlled Kashmir

16:18, June 20, 2010      

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A youth was killed and several others were injured Sunday when paramilitary troopers of India's Central Reserve Police Force ( CRPF) fired bullets to break up violent protests in Srinagar city, the summer capital of India-controlled Kashmir, police said.

The protests and clashes erupted in the city during the funeral procession of 24-year-old Mohammed Rafiq Bangroo, who died Saturday night in hospital. He had sustained critical injuries on June 12 allegedly in police action, while protesting against the killing of a boy in Srinagar.

"The violent protesters smashed the wind screen of our mobile bunker and tried to set it ablaze. The troopers in the vehicle opened fire to scare away the protests. I have heard that during the incident one youth was killed and few others were injured," said Prabhakar Triphati, spokesman of CRPF in Srinagar.

The slain youth has been identified as Javed Ahmad Malla of Noorbagh locality of Srinagar.

After doctors declared Malla dead, he was taken to police control room for autopsy test to ascertain the cause of death.

Police sources said Malla was hit by a bullet in his neck. Police spokesman in Srinagar said the situation in the old city is tense.

"The situation in the old city is tense as one boy was killed and few others sustained injuries during protests," he said.

Reports pouring in from the old city said protesters clashed with the police and paramilitary troopers.

At several places youth started pelting stones and also tried to pull down a CRPF bunker in Noorbagh.

Locals said several youth sustained injuries during the protests.

With Malla, the death toll of youth in alleged police action has gone to six in Srinagar city since January this year.

The killings have triggered massive protests in the city and other districts of the region.

Last month three youth were found killed in a staged gunfight in the region by Indian troops.

Militants in the region are engaged in a guerrilla war with the Indian army troops stationed in the region over the past two decades.

Source: Xinhua


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