Indian troops fire on Kashmir protesters, 1 killed

AP News
Posted: Jan 02, 2012 6:09 AM
Indian troops fire on Kashmir protesters, 1 killed

Police say troops in Indian-controlled Kashmir have opened fire on hundreds of villagers who were protesting against frequent power cuts, killing one person and injuring two others.

Police say the paramilitary troops began shooting Monday as the protesters shouted slogans outside the main gate of a power plant near Baramulla town.

They say one protester died on the spot and two others were hospitalized.

The Himalayan region faces power cuts of up to 16 hours a day despite bitterly cold winter temperatures as low as 3 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 16 Celsius).

Kashmir is divided between India and Pakistan. There are frequent protests in the Indian-controlled portion in support of independence or a merger with Pakistan.