Indian troops fire on Kashmir protesters, youth killed

Baramulla, Jan 02: Troops in Indian-controlled Kashmir have opened fire on hundreds of villagers who were protesting against frequent power cuts, killing one person and injuring two others.
According to sources, the Indian paramilitary troops (personnel of CISF) opened fire to disperse the protesters who were demonstrating and shouting slogans against the unscheduled power cuts outside the main gate of a powerplant at Boniyar Uri in north Kashmir.
They said that one protester, identified as Altaf Ahmed Sood died on the spot and two others were hospitalized.
The Himalayan region faces powercuts of up to 16 hours a day despite bitterly cold winter temperatures as low as 3 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 16 Celsius).
Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan. There are frequent protests in the Indian-controlled portion in support of independence or a merger with Pakistan.


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