Indian police fired teargas and live rounds Friday to disperse Kashmiris protesting against alleged human rights violations by Indian troops in the Muslim Kashmir Valley
Fifteen demonstrators in the region's summer capital Srinagar were injured, police and doctors said, one of them a young boy who sustained a bullet wound.
The demonstrations were in support of a strike call by pro-freedom leader Syed Ali Geelani to protest the "illegal occupation of land by the Indian army" in Kashmir.
The strike closed down shops, schools and businesses in Srinagar.
The authorities in Indian-held Kashmir placed a number of top leaders under house arrest on Thursday in a bid to halt the protest rallies marking World Human Rights Day.
Among those confined to their homes were Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and his two senior colleagues Shabir Shah and Nayeem Khan.
Farooq has appealed the world human rights organizations to probe the discovery of unknown graves in occupied Kashmir.
"People in the occupied territory are not allowed to stage peaceful protests and they are subjected to brute force by Indian troops," he said.
He condemned the use of teargas, bullet shots on peaceful demonstrators by the troops. " The human rights violations in the territory can not stop till the complete withdrawal of troops and revocation of all the draconian laws," he added.
Demanding an immediate release of all Kashmiri detainees, he said that they were deprived of basic facilities in the jails. "All the detained Kashmiris should be facilitated under Geneva Convention," he maintained.
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In 1948, the United Nations adopted a resolution calling for a referendum for Kashmir to determine whether the Himalayan region should be part of India and Pakistan. But India has rejected to hold referendum in Kashmiri territory.
Kashmiris says they see India as an "occupier state".