NEW DELHI, India, May 30, Reuter: At least 25 people were injured today when supporters of rival political parties clashed for the second day running in Srinagar, capital of the disputed Indian State of Kashmir.
The Press Trust of India (PTI) news agency said the workers of the fundamentalist Moslem United Front tried to enforce a protest strike, and battles with supporters
of the ruling National Conference Party broke out around the city.
Police told PTI 13 of the injured were hurt when a man opened indiscriminate gunfire on the crowd. He was later arrested.
Police fired in the air in Srinagar on Friday after teargas failed to halt rioting which broke out following prayers celebrating Moslem Eid AlFitr festival.
A coalition led by National Conference trounced the United Front in recent elections in the Indian administered part of Kashmir. The Himalayan State is disputed with Moslem Pakistan, which administers the northern third.
The strike called to protest at the killing of at least 126 people in several north Indian towns last week in some of India’s bloodiest communal clashes since independence in 1947.
Article extracted from this publication >> June 5, 1987