NEWS BRIEF At least 30 people are dead in Indian Kashmir after a weekend of violence prompted by the killing of a separatist militant leader by government troops.
Those killed in the violence include 29 civilians and a policeman whose vehicle, authorities say, was pushed Sunday by protesters into the Jhelum river, drowning him. (The BBC reports the driver lost control of the vehicle as he was trying to avoid stone-throwing protesters).
The Indian Express newspaper has more:
Even as the strict curfew is in place for the third consecutive day, there are reports of people defying the curfew and taking to streets at different places in central and south Kashmir. Kashmir valley erupted after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani in an encounter on Friday evening.
While the government imposed curfew in all the major towns and villages of Kashmir, people took to streets in large numbers. The security forces fired bullets and pellets to disperse the protestors…
That action resulted in the civilian deaths, the newspaper added.
Wani, the young Hizbul Mujahideen commander, had become the face of the militancy in Jammu and Kashmir, predominantly Hindu India’s only Muslim-majority state. He was active on social media and, news reports say, his posts on Indian security forces’ actions in Kashmir drew a wide following.