Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir say government forces have fired shotguns and tear gas to break up fierce new protests demanding an end to Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan region, killing a young man and wounding dozens of others.

Police said the clashes erupted Wednesday after troops tried to stop thousands of people who defied a curfew in southern Pulwama town.

They said the protesters hurled rocks at the troops, who fired shotguns and tear gas.

Also Wednesday, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in the restive region to discuss ways to defuse the surging protests against Indian rule, sparked by the killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8.