Six more killed
Five protesters and a police officer were killed in India's northern Jammu and Kashmir state yesterday, police said, raising the death toll in violence sparked by the death of a separatist militant to 21 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, which has been at the centre of a tussle between India and Pakistan for decades.
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.
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. Confrontations continued yesterday 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.