Police opened fire and lobbed teargas shells on Friday in Kashmir's main city on anti-India protesters demanding the release of a illegally detained leader and all other political prisoners, wounding at least 26 people, police said.
Forceful anti-India demonstrations were held at Gojwara, Rajouri Kadal, Bohri Kadal, Nowhatta and Sera-e-Bala in Srinagar. Protesters took to the streets in Srinagar too, shouting, "Down with security forces, release Shabir Ahmad Shah."
"Twenty six people were injured in the clashes," Fayaz Ahmad, a police officer said.
Last year police detained Shah, a senior pro-independent leader after he led some of the biggest protests in two decades against Indian rule in the Himalayan region.
Shah, named by supporters "Kashmir's Nelson Mandela" for the more than 20 years he spent in prisons for opposing Indian rule, is an executive member of the region's main alliance, All Parties Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference.
Tens of thousands of people have been killed in the region since India repressed an anti-India movement in 1989.
Indian forces detain Kashmiris who lead the demonstrations against Indian ruling. Earlier, forces had put a Hurriyet leader, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai under house arrest to prevent him from leading the demonstrations.
United Nations Security Council passed a resolution, 1949, for upholding the right to self- determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Organisation for Islamic Conference in Casablanca also passed similar resolution in 1993 and the European Parliament adopted on 24 May 2007 in which the European Parliament upheld the Kashmiris right to self-determination.
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