Indian police opened fire on Muslim demonstrators in a town near Kashmir today, killing four people and wounding 30 as leaders of India’s main political parties debated how to end months of separatist protests in the region.
The new clashes came two days after 18 protesters and a police officer were killed in street battles.
In response to those protests, which were exacerbated by reports of a Koran desecration in the United States, authorities imposed a round-the-clock curfew across Indian-controlled Kashmir and threatened to shoot violators on sight.
The Koran issue resurfaced today when thousands of protesters assembled south-west of Srinagar, Indian Kashmir’s main city, chanting “Down with Koran desecrators” and “We want freedom”.
Police fired tear gas and swung batons as the protesters tried to enter a school and used live ammunition when the crowd refused to disperse.