Kashmir’s main city came under curfew again after thousands clashed with government forces during the funeral of boy killed in protests, police said Saturday. Police and paramilitary troops fired tear gas, pellets and live rounds into the air to disperse the funeral procession of the 12-year-old as his body was carried to Srinagar’s ‘Martyr’s Graveyard’, a police officer said.
Residents said the boy was sprayed with pellets in the lawn outside his home, but police say he was part of anti-India protests that took place Friday. More than 50 people were injured during Friday’s protests in the Himalayan region, which has been roiled by deadly violence for nearly four months.
At least 90 people, most of them young protesters, have been killed and more than 12,000 injured in clashes with Indian security forces. Thousands more have been arrested since the unrest began on July 8, when a popular militant leader was killed in a gunfight with soldiers.