Mourners defy Curfew in Kashmir

Curfew defied in India-run Kashmir

Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:27:16 GMT
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Thousands of mourners have defied a curfew in the Indian-administered Kashmir, holding a massive funeral procession for a teenage boy recently killed by Indian troops.

On Saturday, Kashmiri mourners took to the streets and buried Farhat Ahmad Dar, 18, a day after he was shot dead by Indian forces in the village of Naidkhai, located nearly 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) north of Srinagar, the main city of the Indian-controlled Kashmir.

During the funeral, the mourners chanted anti-India slogans such as “Down with India!” and “We want freedom.”

Residents of the Indian-administered Kashmir also staged a strike on Saturday to show their outrage at Ahmad Dar’s death. The strike closed most shops and businesses in the region.

On Friday, the 18-year-old teenager was killed and two others wounded when Indian forces opened fire on anti-India protesters after Friday prayers. Local authorities say they have ordered a magisterial probe into Ahmad Dar’s death.

Demonstrations against Indian rule are a common scene in the Muslim-majority region.

Contingents of Indian forces have been deployed in parts of the region to prevent more protest rallies. Indian troops are accused of grave human rights violations in the region.

Kashmir lies at the heart of more than 66 years of hostility between India and Pakistan. Both neighbors claim the region in full but have partial control over it.

The neighbors agreed on a ceasefire in 2003 and launched a peace process the following year. Since then, there have been sporadic clashes, with both sides accusing the other of violating the ceasefire.

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