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At least 1 dead in Kashmir pro-independence demo

9 February 2015 19:26

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At least one person has been killed in clashes between protesters and government forces in the Indian-controlled Kashmir.

Anti-India protesters clashed with police forces Monday in a demonstration held to mark the second anniversary of the secret execution of a pro-independence leader. One was reported killed after the government forces fired indiscriminately at stone-throwing crowd.

Officials said another demonstrator was critically injured during the violent rally in Palhalam village north of the main city of Srinagar.

Indian authorities have imposed a curfew in parts of Srinagar leading to the shutdown of shops and offices across the city. Hundreds of security forces were deployed in the town to monitor the situation. Police have arrested 100 activists to prevent more violent protests in the troubled region.

Two years ago, Indian authorities hanged Mohammad Afzal Guru in a secret jail in New Delhi. Kashmiris still insist that the freedom-seeking leader was never given a fair trial after he was accused of involvement in an attack on Indian parliament in 2001, which left 14 people killed.

More demonstrations are planned for Wednesday, this time to mark the execution of Mohammad Maqbool Bhat, another pro-independence leader who was executed in 1984 on charges of killing an intelligence officer.

People in the Indian-controlled Kashmir have long fought for gaining independence from New Delhi or a merger with the neighboring Pakistan. India and Pakistan each control a part of the Himalayan region with both of them claiming the entire Kashmir as their own.

Protesters are also demanding a return of the remains of the two executed leaders to Kashmir for burial.

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