SRINAGAR (Agencies) - Indian police in Kashmir on Friday fired teargas and used batons against protesters angered by a decision to transfer forestland to Hindu pilgrims visiting the occupied territory. The Indian government last week said the land was being transferred to Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board so it can build "temporary structures" for tens of thousands of Hindu pilgrims who trek to a Himalayan cave every year. The freedom movement leaders say building accommodation for pilgrims at the base of the mountain will ruin the fragile ecology of the area and also "reinforce India's occupation" of part of the disputed region. On Friday scores of protesters came out of Srinagar's main mosque and chanted anti-government and pro-Islamic slogans. The protesters tried to march towards the town's main commercial centre when police charged at them with batons and later fired teargas, an AFP reporter at the scene said. Several people were hurt. Until now authorities have been erecting tents for Hindu pilgrims.