Indian police opened fire on hundreds of Kashmiri protesters on Monday demonstrating for independence, killing four and wounding at least 17 others, Kashmiri Media Service said.
The fresh violence comes when Kashmiris intensified their demonstrations against Indian soldiers' killing Kashmiri civilians.
A nearly three-month-long separatist strike, curfews and security lockdowns have kept the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley on the boil, shutting down much of a region where tens of thousands have been killed since an uprising and subsequent Indian crackdown in 1989.
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.
The killings of civilians have fuelled anger in Kashmir, a Himalayan region where sentiments against New Delhi's rule run deep. The fresh deaths of protesters aged 17 and 25 brought thousands out into the streets shouting "we want freedom", Reuters nes agency said.
Local residents said there was no clash with the troops, but soldiers fired when the protesters refused to disperse. The state government has ordered a probe into the shooting incident.
Indian security forces have been accused in the past of human rights violations, including rape and extrajudicial killings.
Authorities deny any systematic violations and say all reports are investigated and the guilty punished.
AgenciesLast Mod: 06 Eylül 2010, 17:37