Death Toll Rises To 32 In Worst Kashmir Violence Since 2010

He said most of the deaths had occurred on Saturday when mobs attacked police and other security installations in south Kashmir but all the deaths could not be accounted for as the situation did not allow the law enforcing agencies to gather information. So far, more than 1500 people have suffered injuries and around 30 protesters have lost their lives after the forces fired at them.

The Kashmir Valley is on edge after the killing top Hizb commander Burhan Wani along with his two associates on Friday evening in South Kashmir.

At least 300 injured civilians, a lot of them wounded by bullets and pellets, have been admitted to Sri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital, in the region's main city of Srinagar.

Pakistan has announced to raise the pressing issue of Kashmir at the worldwide level as the death toll following deadly clashes between Indian forces and protesters reached 33.

To meet any eventuality in district hospitals and peripheries, where violent street protests continue in the wake of militant Burhan Wani's killing, an emergency drive has been started by the Directorate of Health Services, Kashmir, to collect blood. Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in her appeal through local Radio and Doordarshan has urged people not to indulge in violence.

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Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif, condemned the civilian killings while describing Wani, 22, a commander of the Hizbul Mujahideen group, as a "Kashmiri leader".

That prompted Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup to retort that Sharif's statement reflected Pakistan's "continued attachment to terrorism and its usage as an instrument of state policy".

It is the worst civilian violence to hit the restive region since 2010 when mass protests broke out against Indian rule.

HM is one of several homegrown groups that have for decades been fighting around half a million Indian troops deployed in the region, calling for independence or a merger with Pakistan. So now the security forces are going about in night-time to clear a particular area for smooth movement of vehicles.

  • Lawrence Cooper