Death toll hits 20 as clashes continue in Indian Kashmir

Published: July 10, 2016
Kashmiri protestors clash with Indian police in Srinagar on July 10, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

Kashmiri protestors clash with Indian police in Srinagar on July 10, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

SRINAGAR: Four protesters and a police officer were killed in India-held Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday, police said, raising the death toll in violence sparked by the death of a separatist militant to 20 since Friday.

Protests erupted after security services on Friday evening shot dead 22-year-old militant leader Burhan Wani. His death came amid a rise in violence and separatist sentiment across the state.

The director general of Jammu and Kashmir Police, K Rajendra Kumar, told reporters that 100 members of the security forces had been wounded and that three were missing.

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Indian paramilitary troopers patrol during a curfew in Srinagar on July 10, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

In addition, “miscreants threw a police vehicle into River Jhelum”, south of the state’s summer capital of Srinagar, killing the officer inside, he said.

On Saturday, police had said that angry crowds set fire to three police stations and two government buildings south of Srinagar, and blocked roads.

Kumar put the protestor death toll at 15, but a second officer, who asked to remain anonymous, said four more died on Sunday in clashes with security forces, raising the total number of deaths to 20.

Confrontations continued on Sunday despite the authorities imposing round-the-clock curfew conditions on most of the Kashmir valley, the officer said.

Wani was the leader of Hizb-ul Mujahideen, a group fighting Indian control of the Muslim-majority region. His social media videos show him wearing military fatigues and calling for jihad.

Activists and separatist leaders have criticised the security forces’ response to the protests, accusing them of using excessive force.

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A view of a deserted street during a curfew in Srinagar on July 10, 2016. PHOTO: AFP

“It is shocking and painful that Indian armed forces have yet again unleashed terror on the mourners and protesters, resulting in massive civilian casualties,” Khurram Parvez, an activist with rights group the Jammu and Kashmir Coalition for Civil Society, said in a statement.

The local government has appealed to the public and separatist political leaders to help calm the situation.

HM is one of several groups that for decades have been fighting around half a million Indian troops deployed in the region, calling for independence for Kashmir or a merger with Pakistan.

Tens of thousands of people, mostly civilians, have died in the fighting since 1989.

Resistance groups opposed to Indian rule of Kashmir have called for three days of mourning and a shutdown in the territory after the rebel commander’s killing.

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Mustafa Kashmir
    Jul 10, 2016 - 3:17PM

    Pakistan should stop supporting militancy in J&K as by inciting hatred and violence it is not helping to bring prosperity and peace to the valley.
    Pakistan should act like a matured nation rather than supporting violence.Recommend

  • NDA
    Jul 10, 2016 - 3:21PM

    A new wind of freedom and Independence is blowing across the globe. India must see the writing on the wall and resolve the Kashmir conflict. It is keeping India down and is a dead weight around its neck. India will not get UNSC or NSG membership unless it resolves issue with neighbors and internal conflicts.

    The images of whole Kashmir valley being shut down , women being raped, and youth killed and maimed is an ugly sight. People around the world identify India with these images. Recommend

  • Sam
    Jul 10, 2016 - 3:33PM

    India is a land of 125 crore brothers & sisters. There are bad apples in any family. Having 50K people for a funeral does not mandate you to continue secessionist activities. Enough observed and heard. Fall in line or fall by the wayside. If all of us even start walking in direction of Kashmir together, you handful perpetrators and instigators will not find a place to hide on this planet. Leave innocent and large hearted people of Kashmir alone and let them live in peace not pieces. History will not forgive you to have ruined lives of generations after generations, permanently.Recommend

  • tatvavetta
    Jul 10, 2016 - 3:52PM

    Gun-wielding commanders of MQM, Baluch , TTP or Kashmiris will have to meet the fate of Burhan Wani. All are welcome for talks and killing is not justified by anyone. Burhan Wani was a terrorist as much as Saulat Mirza of MQM,Shahidullah Shahid of TTP, or BLF’s Aslam Achu and Dr Abdulmana . Pakistans record of Human Rights violation is deplorable everywhere including Former East Pakistan. East Pakistan was for only because of Human Rights violations by, Pakistan.Recommend

  • PTP
    Jul 10, 2016 - 3:55PM

    Where is indian troll now, sad to see no Pakistani commented hereRecommend

  • abreez
    Jul 10, 2016 - 4:47PM

    If you have received a wound, they have received a similar wound. Such days We rotate among the people, so that Allah may know those who believe and let some of you be martyrs — and Allah does not like the unjust [3:140]Recommend

  • Disgusting
    Jul 10, 2016 - 4:58PM

    While the valiant people of Kashmir are taking on the Bharati Sena Nawaz Sharif is helping Modi by creating a crisis in Azad Kashmir. A well coordinated attempt by this cowardly Sena(Army) has violated the ceasefire line. This Modi Nawaz alliance is treason. Opposition to note.
    Kashmiris and Pakistanis should condemn this PML N treachery.Recommend

  • mirestan
    Jul 10, 2016 - 5:18PM

    Indians are doing genocide of Kashmiri Muslims. Please help usRecommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jul 10, 2016 - 6:54PM

    Pak calls it Indian occupied Kashmir, India calls it Pak occupied Kashmir … only the names differ. their status / situations /plight / ordeal has not changed much ( and will not change ) over the past few decades . Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Jul 10, 2016 - 7:23PM

    Get on man you are not going to get anything out of it.Recommend

  • NDA
    Jul 10, 2016 - 9:26PM

    @Sam: Yes, it is not a big feat to kill 2000 Muslims in Gujrat in a country of …. million ? This is what your are saying. If few ‘brother’ kill the entire youth, rape their women and ruin a whole people, it does not matter?. This is what you are telling the world. Recommend

  • FAZ
    Jul 11, 2016 - 5:58AM

    Care to drag the United States, United kingdom or Ussr, in your equations for human rights? The world is a big hypocrite when it comes to human rights. The might is always right..Recommend

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