Kashmir calls for demilitarization, 2 dead in India firing / PHOTO

Two people were killed Tuesday when security forces opened fire at protesters in Indian Kashmir, police said.

Kashmir calls for demilitarization, 2 dead in India firing / PHOTO

Two people were killed Tuesday when security forces opened fire at protesters in Indian Kashmir, police said, the latest in a series of deaths that have stoked public anger.

The deaths of at least 14 people in the last three weeks have triggered the biggest anti-India demonstrations in two years across Muslim-majority Kashmir valley.


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"The fresh protests broke out when a body of a teenager was fished out from a rivulet on Tuesday," Mohammad Afzal, a police official said.

Locals said the teenager had jumped into the water in Kashmir's summer capital, Srinagar, and drowned while being chased by security forces during a demonstration on Monday evening.


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One youth was killed when security forces opened fire at a rally, and another, a woman was killed by firing at a different demonstration in Srinagar.

"Calls for demilitarization"

Thousands of mourners, including women and children, gathered as the coffins of two of the slain protesters were carried through the streets.

Authorities imposed strict curfew restrictions in most parts of Srinagar and closed schools and colleges on Tuesday after activists appealed to students to hold anti-India protests.


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But thousands of people shouting "we want freedom" took to the streets in Srinagar to protest the fresh killings.

In downtown Srinagar, the protesters were led by the region's senior Muslim leader, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq.

"Protests and civil disobedience will continue until India withdraws its security forces from all populated areas, and punish those found guilty," Farooq said.


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Amnesty International at the weekend urged the Indian government to investigate the spate of deaths.

It said that both security personnel and protesters involved in wrongdoing should be brought to justice, and pushed for the authorities to "avoid excessive use of force."


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In 1948, the United Nations adopted a resolution calling for a referendum for Kashmir to determine whether the Himalayan region should be part of India and Pakistan. Kashmiris say fight against India since it rejected to hold referendum in Kashmiri territory.

India maintains a massive troop presence in Kashmir.


Agencies


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