Shotguns fired by police at funeral of Kashmir protester

Shotguns fired by police at funeral of Kashmir protester

Police fired tear gas at stone-throwing protesters as hundreds attended the funeral of Kaiser Bhat, crushed by a jeep, in the summer capital Srinagar.

Clashes broke out after police used force to stop the march as it was on its way to a graveyard in the city of Srinagar to bury Kaisar Ahmad Bhat. Curfew and restrictions have been imposed in seven police station areas of the city, a police official said. Several youth sustained injuries during the clashes.

Witnesses said that the injured were immediately rushed to the hospital for treatment. That set off pitched battles between residents and government forces.

Internet services in Srinagar and Budgam districts have been suspended as a precautionary measure, a police officer said.

Separatists have called for a shutdown on Saturday to protest against security forces "excesses", The Hindu reported.

According to Kashmir media Service, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) vehicle knocked down two boys as it sped by a group of protesters who had gathered outside Srinagar's Jamia Masjid at Nowhatta.


Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the conflict in Kashmir, which both India and Pakistan claim in full. In recent years, the Indian-controlled portion has seen renewed rebel attacks and repeated public protests against Indian rule. One of the two youngsters hit by the vehicle succumbed to his injuries.

An Associated Press photographer captured the horror in a series of photographs of the other injured man, who doctors say is still in critical condition.

A CRPF vehicle targeted by protesters in downtown Srinagar ran over three people in an attempt to get away, triggering a fresh wave of protests and criticism for the government.

Another FIR has been registered against the CRPF driver under Sections 279 (rash driving) and 337 RPC, the official said.

A police officer said the incident took place when the CRPF vehicle, on its way back after dropping a senior officer, ran into a street protest.

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