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Mourners defy curfew in Valley

AP  Srinagar, March 15, 2014
First Published: 14:47 IST(15/3/2014) | Last Updated: 15:28 IST(15/3/2014)

Thousands of mourners in Kashmir valley defied curfew on Saturday and buried a Kashmiri teenage boy who was shot dead by government forces and police said witnesses.


Armed police and paramilitary soldiers patrolled the area after imposing an indefinite curfew to prevent violence, but did not stop the funeral procession for 18 year old Farhat Ahmed Dar.

The mourners chanted slogans "Down with India!" and "We want freedom" in Naidkhai, a village nearly 30 kilometers north of Srinagar.

"Dar was killed and two others wounded when government forces fired at anti-India protesters who threatened to attack their armored vehicle in Naidkhai" police officer Abdul Ghani Mir said.

A strike hit most areas of  Kashmir on Saturday with shops and businesses closed to protest the latest killing.

 "An inquiry has been ordered. Anti-India sentiment runs deep in Kashmir, a disputed Himalayan region claimed by both India and Pakistan. The two neighboring countries have fought two wars over the control of Kashmir since they won independence from Britain in 1947" Shailendra Kumar, a top state official said.

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