INDIA: SIXTEEN YEAR OLD KILLED BY POLICE DURING SEPARATIST PROTESTS Tension in Kashmir runs high following the arrest of Masarat Alam, accused of having extolled a Pakistani during a peaceful anti-government march

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A young man of 16 was killed in Kashmir during a protest march against the Indian government, as reported by Ndtv. To render the episode more cruel, the boy’s uncle declared how agents first stopped his nephew then shot him at point-blank range in front of dozens of protesters. “The young man died from the gun-shot wounds,” said a spokesman from the local hospital. The incident occurred on the outskirts of Srinagar, the summer capital of the Himalayan region, with a Muslim majority.The protesters had hurled stones against the police who responded by opening fire.The police admitted that the officers acted outside the Protocol, announcing that an investigation would be taken up into the matter.

Tension in the region was running high following the arrest of Masarat Alam, a separatist leader accused of having extolled the Pakistani during a peaceful anti-government protest. The activist, investigated for sedition against the Indian State, had been postponed to seven days of pre-trial detention. After Friday prayers, 20 people were wounded violent outbreaks in different parts of Kashmir. The protests have also involved the town of Tral, some 40 km from Srinagar, where last April 13, a 24-year-old student during a military operation. Syed Ali Shah Geelani had been killed, leader of the moderate separatist Hurryat movement , had organized a protest march yesterday from Srinagar to Tral but was stopped by the authorities.

Translation provided by Marina Stronati

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