Hundreds clash with police in Indian Kashmir for second day

December 16, 2007 13:38


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Hundreds of people clashed with police Sunday in the Indian portion of Kashmir, hours after burying a 20-year-old man killed by police a day earlier. At least 35 people were injured. Police used tear gas and water cannon and later fired warning shots in the air to disperse the protesters, who marched through the town of Magam and blocked the highway leading to the popular skiing resort of Gulmarg, a police officer said on condition of anonymity as he was not authorized to talk to reporters. The trouble erupted on Saturday when local residents attacked police with stones after the state government rejected their demand to set up a new college in Magam. Police open fire, killing one person and injured at least nine others. Thousands of people attended the burial of Zahoor Ahmed on Saturday night and continued with the protest on Sunday.

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