Indian forces kill protesters in Kashmir
|Publisher||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty|
|Publication Date||18 July 2013|
|Cite as||Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Indian forces kill protesters in Kashmir, 18 July 2013, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5208946514.html [accessed 21 September 2017]|
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July 18, 2013
An Indian Border Security Force soldier patrols near the fenced border with Pakistan in the volatile Kashmir region. (file photo)
Paramilitary forces in Indian-administered Kashmir have killed four villagers and wounded at least 25.
Indian officials said the killings on July 18 happened when border guards opened fire on villagers protesting the alleged desecration of the Koran by soldiers.
Protesters said four members of the Border Security Force had desecrated the Muslim holy book and beaten students while looking for militants inside an Islamic school on July 17.
Kashmir's state Interior Minister Sajjad Kitchlo said that the incident happened in the Gool area, about 200 kilometers from the regional capital, Srinagar.
New Delhi has faced opposition to its rule in Kashmir for decades.
The Muslim-majority Himalayan region is divided between India and Pakistan, who have fought two wars over it.
A Muslim separatist insurgency in the region has declined in recent years.
Based on reporting by AP and Reuters