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Clashes after death of second teenager in Srinagar

From Mukhtar Ahmad, CNN
Protesters clash with police in Srinagar on February 5, 2010, after the death of a second teenager blamed on Indian forces.
Protesters clash with police in Srinagar on February 5, 2010, after the death of a second teenager blamed on Indian forces.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Angry mobs clash with police in Srinagar after death of second teenager
  • Family alleges 17-year-old Vahid Farooq Sheikh was shot by Indian security forces
  • Follows the death of 13-year-old Whamiq Farooq Wani who was hit in the head by a tear gas shell
  • Main part of Srinagar remains under curfew-like conditions
RELATED TOPICS
  • India
  • Srinagar
  • Jammu and Kashmir

Srinagar, India (CNN) -- There were new clashes between anti-India protesters and Indian security forces here Friday after another schoolboy was killed, allegedly by security forces.

The main part of Srinagar remains under curfew-like conditions. Since early Thursday security forces have flooded the streets, most businesses have remained closed, and residents have stayed inside their homes.

As news spread Friday about the death of 17-year-old Vahid Farooq Sheikh in a Srinagar suburb, angry mobs staged anti-India demonstrations.

Clashes continued as the body of the youth was brought to his home from the hospital where he had been taken in critical condition. Doctors said he had been hit in the chest by a bullet and died.

Police responded to the crowds with tear gas and baton charges to disburse the protesters shouting pro-freedom slogans.

While the family of the teen alleged he was shot by Indian security forces from a passing vehicle, police said the boy died from what they called mysterious fire.

The state's chief minister, Omar Abdullah, ordered a high-level inquiry to expose the culprits, an official statement said.

The capital city and other parts of Kashmir continued to be shut down for a second day in protest against the killing of another schoolboy last Sunday. That incident unleashed a wave of violent protests that have continued for the past five days.

The 13-year-old boy, Whamiq Farooq Wani, was hit in the head by a tear gas shell and killed as he played cricket in a stadium in the old city, his family said.

The police officer who fired the shell has been suspended and an inquiry was ordered, according to police.

Meanwhile, what was described by authorities as a hit-and-run strike in the northern Kashmir town of Sopore left a police officer and civilian dead and two others wounded, according to a police spokesman.

Authorities said militants fired indiscriminately with automatic weapons, then made their escape.

Security forces in Indian administered Kashmir remain in almost constant clashes with militants and separatists who want independence for Kashmir, portions of which are claimed by India and Pakistan.