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Fresh Anti-India Protests After Kashmir Teenager’s Death

FILE: Police arrest protestors in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian administered Kashmir in September.

At least 30 people were injured in Indian-controlled Kashmir on November 5 during clashes between government forces and mourners at a funeral procession for a teenager.

Police and paramilitary soldiers interrupted the mourners carrying the body of a teenage boy whose family alleges he died of police torture in Srinagar, the main city in Kashmir.

According to witnesses, hundreds of young men threw rocks at the troops, while another group of mourners took a different route to bury the boy.

Government forces fired shotgun pellets, warning shots, and tear gas fearing the procession could become a larger rally against Indian rule in the region, said a police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity.

These demonstrations are the largest protests against Indian rule in recent years. The killing of a popular rebel commander in July sparked the protests, during which 90 civilians were killed and thousands injured.

The Kashmir region has been divided between India and Pakistan since independence from British rule in 1947. Both claim the entire territory for themselves.

Based on reporting by AP