SRINAGAR: Indian forces killed fivepeople in occupied Kashmir Saturday,during the disputed territory´s thirdmajor gun battle in as many days.
Hundreds of people thronged a site where security forces had besieged a group, throwing rocks at soldiers in a bid to help the separatists escape, witnesses said.
One protester was also killed in the resulting clashes with troops in Qazigund village, north of Kashmir´s capital Srinagar.
Kashmir , where rebel groups have been fighting Indian forces for decades, has seen a spike in violence in recent months.
According to Kashmir Media Service, Indian troops in their fresh acts of state terrorism martyred six youth in Chowgam area of Kulgam district.
The troops killed five youth Gulzar Ahmed Padder, Faisal Ahmed Rathar, Zahid Ahmed Mir, Masroor Ahmed Molvi and Zahoor Ahmed Lone during a cordon and search operation. People took to the streets and held massive anti-India demonstrations in the area.
India has about 500,000 soldiers in the zone it controls, where separatist groups demand independence or a merger with Pakistan.
The UN human rights chief last month called for an investigation into alleged abuses by Indian security forces in Kashmir -- claims that were later dismissed as "fallacious" by New Delhi. - APP/AFP