Dozens of people have been injured in anti-India clashes that erupted in India-held Kashmir following a gun-battle between ‘militants’ and government forces.

Police say the gunbattle began Thursday after soldiers and police cordoned off southern Arwani village, and suspected militants hiding there began firing in an attempt to break through the siege.

As the fighting raged, thousands of people from neighbouring villages marched to Arwani in an attempt to help the trapped ‘militants’ escape.

Indian forces fired shotgun pellets and tear gas to disperse the rock-throwing protesters.

Witnesses said at least 40 civilians were injured in the clashes.