November 2004 News

Indian Policeman Kills Seven Colleagues In Kashmir

28 November 2004

Srinagar: A policeman ran amok at a security camp in Indian-controlled Kashmir after an argument and shot dead seven colleagues before he was gunned down, police said on Sunday. It was the latest in a string of such incidents in the divided region, where India has stationed hundreds of thousands of troops to try to suppress a rebellion that broke out in 1989. Doctors treating security forces say psychological problems induced by high stress among troops are mostly responsible for such shootings. The incident took place overnight in a Central Reserve Police Force (CPRF) camp in Baramulla district, north of Srinagar, the main city of Jammu and Kashmir state. 'A CRPF personnel opened fire on his colleagues after an altercation,' a police officer told Reuters. Three were wounded. Militant attacks continue on security forces despite a peace process aimed at resolving the conflicting claims of India and Pakistan for the stunningly beautiful mountains and valleys that make up India's only Muslim-majority state. Separatist violence has killed about 45,000 people so far in Kashmir.


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