SRINAGAR (AFP) - One man was killed Tuesday in restive Indian Held Kashmir when soldiers fired at demonstrators demanding an inquiry into the death of a Kashmiri research scholar who was found hanged in southern India.
The dead man was identified by police as Tahir Ahmed Sofi, a university student in his twenties. Four people taking part in the protest were injured in the firing, police said.
The protest had been called by the main freedom fighters’ alliance, which is demanding an impartial probe into the death of Mudasir Malla late last week. It asserts that his body bore marks of violence.
Malla was found hanged in a hostel room in Hyderabad and city police said he had committed suicide. Thousands of mourners turned out for his funeral on Monday in south Held Kashmir.
The Himalayan region has remained tense since Mohammed Afzal Guru, a freedom fighter, was executed in February in a New Delhi jail for his involvement in a 2001 attack on India’s parliament which killed 10 people.