Indian soldiers have fatally shot a man at a checkpoint in the region of Kashmir triggering anti-India protests in the disputed region.
Indian Police Force reported that the man ignored signals to stop at two checkpoints in the western outskirts of Srinagar, the Kashmir’s main city.
As the news spread across the region, hundreds of residents went on the street saying “Go India, go back” and “We want freedom”.
As security forces moved in to stop the protest, residents began threwing stones at Indian soldier, who was forces to fire shotgun pellets and tear gas to quell the protests.
Indian authorities shut down mobile data service, a common tactic used in the region to contain the spread of protests.
Authorities also ordered a probe into the shooting.
The soldiers reportedly shot the suspect amid fear of an imminent attack at a military convoy passing by at the time of the shooting.
The victim’s father, Ghulam Nabi Shah, firmly denied the police report, saying his son was not driving through any checkpoints, and that soldiers first stopped him and then shot him.
India and Pakistan control parts of Kashmir, both claim the region in its sovereignty.