Languages
Page last updated at 15:05 GMT, Sunday, 26 October 2008

Police 'kill Kashmiri protester'

Police chase protesters in Srinigar, Kashmir, 24/10/08
There have been regular clashes between police and Kashmiri protesters recently

Police in Indian-administered Kashmir have fired on protesters, killing one and injuring at least three others, police and eyewitnesses say.

The incident occurred during a protest by hundreds of Kashmiris in the city of Baramulla, about 60km (37 miles) west of the regional capital Srinagar.

In recent months, Kashmiri separatists have held protests against Indian rule.

Both India and Pakistan claim Kashmir is entirely theirs and have fought two wars over the region.

According to reports, several thousand demonstrators took to the streets of the city on Sunday, shouting pro-independence slogans such as "we want freedom" and "down with security forces".

Abdul Gani Mir, the area's deputy inspector-general of police, told the Associated Press news agency that the Muslim protesters threw stones and clashed with police and paramilitary troops.

He said security forces first responded with truncheons and tear gas before resorting to live ammunition.

The state news agency, PTI, named the victim as Irfan Ahmad, a university student. It said he was hit by a bullet in his chest.

Mr Mir said the police would investigate the incident.

The Kashmir valley has seen some of its biggest pro-independence demonstrations in the past few months, with hundreds of thousands of people joining marches organised by separatist groups opposed to Indian rule.

Some thirty people have died in the clashes with security forces since August.




RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites


FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific