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Indian police kill two in Kashmir demo

January 11, 2010

Indian troops have killed two suspected militants in Kashmir during clashed on Sunday, as demonstrators held the second day of protests over the death of a Muslim youth.

The suspected militants were killed during clashes with Indian troops in the southern Reasi district, army spokesman Biplab Bath told AFP.

The clashed erupted during demonstrations over the Friday incident in Srinagar, in which Inayat Ahmad was fatally shot by India’s paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force. Eight others sustained injuries when the police used tear gas to push the crowd back.

Chanting anti-India slogans, hundreds of Kashmiris stormed the streets in defiance of a police ban on demonstrations following the death of the 16-year-old.

“They killed our son. What was his fault? He was killed on his way home from school,” a protesting relative told Press TV on Saturday.

Over the past two decades, the conflict in Kashmir has left over 47,000 people dead by the official count, although other sources say the death toll could be as high as 90,000.

“We are protesting against the Indian occupation as we do not want to live with India. We are occupied here. We are showing the world that we want to be free and want to be independent,” another Kashmiri demonstrator was quoted as saying on Saturday.

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