SRINAGAR, India — Indian forces battled Kashmiri protesters in the streets of the disputed territory Monday in demonstrations fueled in part by a report of a Koran being desecrated in the United States. Two people were killed.
Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets despite a rigid curfew clamped across the region, chanting, "Go India, go back. We want freedom." Indian officials are searching for a way to end three months of deadly confrontations with separatists, while troops have orders to shoot on sight anyone who defies the region's curfew.
In the town of Bandipore, paramilitary troops fired on rock-throwing protesters, killing one, while at least eight other protesters were wounded in clashes across Kashmir, said a police officer who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak with media.
The protests Monday were inflamed by reports on the Iranian state-run channel Press TV that the Koran was desecrated over the weekend in the United States.