1 killed, 5 wounded as police fire on protesters in Indian Kashmir

December 15, 2007 13:42

Police fired at thousands of protesters who turned violent during a demonstration demanding a college in their town in the Indian portion of Kashmir on Saturday, killing one person and wounding at least five others, police said. Violence erupted as the protesters blocked the main highway connecting Srinagar, the summer capital of India's Jammu-Kashmir state, with the rest of the country, said Ashiq Bukhari, a police officer. They were protesting the government decision on Friday rejecting their demand to set up a new college in Magam, a town 25 kilometers north of Srinagar. Chanting anti-government slogans, they torched a government bus and threw rocks at police and paramilitary soldiers who tried to disperse them, Bukhari told The Associated Press. Police opened fire, killing 20-year-old Zahoor Ahmed and injuring five others, he said.

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