India kills 3 Kashmiris during rally

Most independence groups seek the implementation of U.N. resolutions from 1948 for a plebiscite to decide on the future of the region as the India government resists a plebiscite.

India kills 3 Kashmiris during rally

Indian police shot and killed at least three Muslim demonstrators on Monday.

Police had detained three Kashmir leaders before protests planned for Monday.

Indian troops enforced a curfew in the summer capital of Srinagar, where an independence rally had been planned, and armoured vehicles patrolled mainly deserted streets.

Outside Srinagar, thousands of Muslim protesters shouting "we want freedom" braved the curfew in about dozen rural areas. Indian police fired bullets and tear gas at demonstrators, killing three people and at least 50 people injured.

Indian police have killed at least 27 Muslim protesters and more than 500 have been injured in clashes in two weeks of demonstrations in the Kashmir Valley after a land dispute.

Police said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the chairman of Kashmir's main independence alliance, All Parties Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference and Syed Ali Shah Geelani were detained in overnight raids in Srinagar.

"Both have been detained for precautionary measures," a senior police official, who asked to remain anonymous, said.

Another leader, Mohammed Yasin Malik, chief of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front, was detained later on Monday, police said.

These leaders are often detained before major protests in efforts by authorities to try to put pressure on demonstrators.

"The people of Kashmir were ready to defy the curfew and carry out the march to protest against Indian occupation," a statement from the All Parties Hurriyat Conference said.

Dozens injured

Indian police fired bullets and tear gas and used batons to disperse thousands of pro-independence protesters and killed one person and dozens were injured on Sunday.

The recent crisis began after the state government tried to give Kashmiri forest land to an Indian trust.

With a general election approaching early next year, political analysts say there is little chance of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh giving any concessions to the protesters.

Most independence groups seek the implementation of U.N. resolutions from 1948 for a plebiscite to decide on the future of the region. But the India government resists a plebiscite.

In Kashmir, officials say more than 43,000 people have been killed since 1989. Human rights groups put the toll at about 60,000 dead or missing.

Reuters

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