Last Updated: Wednesday, 27 July 2016, 06:53 GMT

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 27 July 2016]
DisclaimerThis is not a UNHCR publication. UNHCR is not responsible for, nor does it necessarily endorse, its content. Any views expressed are solely those of the author or publisher and do not necessarily reflect those of UNHCR, the United Nations or its Member States.

July 18, 2013

An Indian Border Security Force soldier patrols near the fenced border with Pakistan in the volatile Kashmir region. (file photo)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

Link to original story on RFE/RL website

Copyright notice: Copyright (c) 2007-2009. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave., N.W. Washington DC 20036

Search Refworld

Countries