Indian lawmakers visiting occupied Kashmir(IoK) cut short a hospital tour on Tuesday after being heckled by protesters and patients’ relatives demanding independence for the violence-hit region.
The members of parliament from New Delhi were part of an all-party delegation sent to IoK, where more than 100 civilians have been shot dead by police and paramilitary troops during a wave of liberation protests.
Several delegates arrived at the main hospital in Srinagar to meet patients injured in three months of clashes between stone-throwing protesters and security forces using live rounds.
“The lawmakers were hurried away after just 10 minutes as people inside the hospital chanted slogans against rule from New Delhi,” a witness said.
“Even some hospital staff and relatives of the injured by police firing were shouting ‘Go India, Go back!’ at the delegates, who looked very scared and shocked.”
He said police at the hospital had beaten up and detained two teenage boys who were among the scores of people shouting abuse.