IoK protests after 11-year-old martyred

Residents in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) defied a curfew on Tuesday to hold demonstrations after an 11-year-old boy was martyred and a freedom fighter seriously injured in police fire.

About 65 protesters and bystanders have been killed over the past 11 weeks, mostly by security forces who have opened fire on rallies when being pelted with stones.

On Monday, the 11-year-old boy was shot dead by police in the southern town of Anantnag during a demonstration against Indian rule.

Each death has triggered further protests in defiance of strict all-day curfews.

In IoK main town of Srinagar, Yasir Sheikh, a cousin of senior freedom fighter leader Yasin Malik, was seriously injured on Monday by police gunfire.

Eyewitnesses said police opened fire without provocation when young men were playing a board game outside the residence of Malik, who heads the pro-independence Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front.

Police initially said they had opened fire to quell stone-throwing demonstrators but later described the incident as “unfortunate”.

“A police constable who fired the shots has been suspended,” an officer said, asking not to be named.

Police imposed a curfew in Srinagar Tuesday morning but residents defied restrictions and held noisy demonstrations.