Toll mounts to 16; Indian authorities imposes curfew in IHK
SRINAGAR (92 News) – Indian-held Kashmir (IHK) remained on edge for a second day as the death toll reached 16 on Sunday following protests over the killing of the Hurriyet leader Burhan Wani.
Clashes broke out between locals and security forces as news of Wani’s death on Friday spread, with 12 people dying in the violence on Saturday.
Five more died on Sunday during fresh clashes or sustained injuries, while curfew has been imposed in the entire Valley by the Indian authorities. Shops, banks and other offices were closed in Srinagar, as Indian troops patrolled the streets outside.
Police said they halted traffic on the main highway connecting the state to the rest of India and officials said train services had been temporarily halted in the area. Mobile Internet services were blocked across some parts of the state and cell phone service was interrupted in others.
Wani, the son of a school headmaster, regularly posted video messages online, dressed in military fatigues and inviting young men to join struggle for freedom. Hurriyat leaders have called for a strike and three days of mourning.