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Boy’s killing sparks fresh clashes, curfew in Indian occupied Kashmir

SRINAGAR: Indian-held Kashmir’s main city came under curfew again after thousands clashed with government forces during the funeral of boy killed in protests.

Police and paramilitary troops fired tear gas, pellets and live rounds into the air to disperse the funeral procession of the 12-year-old as his body was carried to Srinagar’s “Martyr’s Graveyard”, a police officer said.

Residents said the boy was sprayed with pellets in the lawn outside his home, but police say he was part of anti-India protests that took place Friday.

The angry mourners were shouting “We want freedom” and “Go Indian, go back” during the procession.

More than 50 people were injured during Friday’s protests in the restive region, which has been roiled by deadly violence for nearly four months.

At least 90 people, most of them young protesters, have been killed and more than 12,000 injured after Indian security forces used pellet guns.

Since then shops, schools and most banks have remained shut and authorities have suspended mobile phone internet services, creating acute shortage of food and medicines.

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