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Cops, Protesters Clash in Kashmir

February 17, 2001

SRINAGAR, India (AP) _ Police used bamboo sticks and tear gas on Saturday to disperse stone-throwing protesters angry over the killing of an activist in India-controlled Kashmir.

Demonstrators clashed with police in several places in Srinagar, the summer capital of troubled Jammu-Kashmir state, but there were no injuries reported.

In the downtown Kanikadal neighborhood, protesters shouted, ``We want freedom!″ and ``Stop the killings! No more bloodshed!″

At least eight people have died in violence following the killing on Thursday of Jaleel Ahmed, an activist of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front.

Shops and offices remained shut for a second day on Saturday, obeying an order by militant groups.

Police used tear gas to chase away hundreds of protesters in the Kakasarai, Kanikadal, Nowhata and Natipora neighborhoods of downtown Srinagar.

At least six youth were arrested in Kanikadal for defying the curfew or throwing stones. In Nowhata, near the Shahi Jamia mosque, police fired in the air to scatter protesters.

The Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front is one of several groups fighting for independence for Kashmir from India. It is also part of the All Party Hurriyet Conference, an umbrella organization of separatist groups in Kashmir.

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