One Killed As Police Fire On Protesting Kashmir Students
21 December 2007
Srinagar: One person was killed when police fired on hundreds of students calling for a college to be set up in their town in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir, police said Saturday. 'Police had to use force, including firing, after students set fire to a vehicle and attacked policemen,' a police officer said, asking not to be identified. One person who was injured in the clashes died after being taken to the main hospital in Srinagar, the summer capital. Two policemen were among others hurt in baton charges and stone pelting. The protest in Magam township, 30 kilometers (18 miles) west of Srinagar, came a day after the Kashmir government said it would set up 18 new colleges across the insurgency-racked state. Magam was not included. After the shooting, shops and businesses in the township closed in protest and hundreds of students demonstrated in the streets shouting anti- government slogans. They also threw up road blockades, stranding hundreds of vehicles, including those carrying tourists to the ski- resort of Gulmarg. India's only Muslim-majority state is in the grip of an 18-year-old revolt against New Delhi's rule that has left tens of thousands of dead.