South Asia

Kashmir protest after man injured by police gunfire

Protesters in Srinagar on 12 August 2010
Image caption Srinagar has seen numerous demonstrations in the last few months

Protesters have clashed with police in Indian-administered Kashmir after a relative of a senior separatist leader was injured by police gunfire.

Yasir Ahmed Sheikh, a cousin of separatist leader Yasin Malik, was wounded along with two others. His condition is said to be serious.

Eyewitnesses said there was no provocation for the shooting.

The constable who fired the shots has been suspended, a senior police officer said.

He described the shooting as "unfortunate".

The incident took place outside Mr Malik's house in Maisuma neighbourhood in Srinagar city where the men were playing a board game.

Local residents, protesting against the shooting, clashed with police.

The police fired teargas shells at protesters who pelted them with stones.

The district police chief of Srinagar, Ashiq Hussain Bukhari, told the BBC that the constable who fired at the men, Feroz Ahmed, had been suspended.

More than 60 civilians have been killed by police in the Kashmir Valley in the past two months.

'Infiltrators'

Meanwhile, the Indian army said nine militants were killed while trying to cross over into Kashmir from across the Line of Control, the de facto border.

A defence spokesman said fighting broke out after the Indian troops challenged the infiltrators in Uri area on Sunday evening.

The fighting continued overnight. The infiltrators were heavily armed, the spokesman said, adding that the army did not suffer any casualties.

Hundreds of thousands of troops are based in Kashmir to fight a two-decade-long insurgency against Indian rule.

The mainly Muslim territory has been the centre point of two of India's three wars against Pakistan since both countries won independence in 1947.

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