Violence Spirals in Kashmir Over Hindu Trust Land

June 24, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Reuters

Indian police fired teargas to break up protests by Muslims angry with a government decision to transfer forest land to a Hindu shrine trust in Indian Kashmir, officials said on Tuesday.

Authorities last week said nearly 100 acres of forest land in Kashmir was being transferred to the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board (SASB) to erect temporary structures for thousands of pilgrims who annually trek to a shrine deep in the Himalayas.

Muslim protesters attacked government buildings, a police post and set vehicles ablaze on Tuesday, prompting police to first fire teargas and then bullets in the air, injuring 35 people.

One person was killed overnight when police fired to stop the protests.