Indian Kashmir shut down after shootings

Featured India - July 2nd, 2013

Indian-held Kashmir shut down Monday to protest against the shooting of two civilians by the army over the weekend.

Shops and other businesses, along with schools were closed and streets were nearly empty as hundreds of police were deployed in the troubled region’s main city of Srinagar.

Outraged villagers were protesting after the death of a teenager shot dead when soldiers opened fire and ensuing conflict that resulted in another death.

Kashmir police said they have launched an investigation into the events. The army has started its own probe, after describing the incidents as “regrettable”, according to AFP.

In a separate incident, a police officer and a militant were killed in a gun battle in the village of Mandoora, 35 kilometers south of Srinagar. Three soldiers were also wounded in the conflict, said Kashmir’s police chief Abdul Gani Mir.

“We launched an operation based on intelligence [suggesting] the presence of militants in the area,” Mir said.

“One of our boys was martyred in the operation,” he added.

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan by a UN-monitored Line of Control.