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India imposes curfew in Kashmir capital Srinagar

By Altaf Hussain
BBC News, Srinagar

Kashmiri Muslims shout anti-India slogans as they carry the teenage boy's body in a funeral procession through Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir, 1 Feb 2010
Wamiq Farooq died after being hit in the head by a tear gas round

A curfew has been imposed in Srinagar, summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, following violent protests over the killing of a 15-year-old boy.

Wamiq Farooq was hit in the head by a tear gas shell as police dispersed a protest in the city against Indian rule on Sunday.

Police are on alert as people are expected to attend a public ceremony to mourn the death of the boy on Thursday.

The officer who fired the fatal shell has now been suspended, officials say.

At least 17 protesters and eight soldiers were hurt during protests on Monday.

A general strike called by separatist groups began on Tuesday.

Most of the Kashmir Valley remained closed on Wednesday and police had to fire tear gas and rubber bullets to break up violent demonstrations.

A number of people have been injured in the clashes - a few have been critically wounded.

Fearing fresh violence in the wake of Thursday's planned public mourning ceremony, security forces have been deployed across Srinagar to restrict the movement of people and enforce the curfew.

Witnesses said Wamiq had gone out to play cricket and was not among the protesters who clashed with police on Sunday.

Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Muslim-majority Kashmir, over which India and Pakistan both claim sovereignty and have fought two wars.



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