Two Kashmiris killed in protest against Indian PM

10 October 2008
The News International


Srinagar: At least two people were killed in Kashmir on Friday in a protest against the Indian prime ministers visit to inaugurate a train link and power project. On Friday, two were killed and about 75 people were wounded when police fired bullets and teargas shells and used batons to disperse demonstrators who marched the streets in Srinagar, shouting We want freedom. Police said clashes between protesters and troops broke out in other major towns. Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh offered new dialogue with the separatists to end the violence. The All Parties Hurriyat (freedom) Conference, has called for protests and a strike on Saturday. Kashmirs problem is neither of laying railway links, nor providing economic packages or power projects, said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman of Hurriyat. It is the question of political aspirations of the people.