Shut down continues on 2nd day in Indian occupied Kashmir

Burhan Wani's death Youth dies in fresh clashes in Kashmir death toll rises to 16

Burhan Wani's death Youth dies in fresh clashes in Kashmir death toll rises to 16

How can any Indian have sympathy for such people?

Wani's killing has triggered widespread protests, a lot of them in the northern districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam and Shopian.

Pakistan on Sunday condemned the killing of an Islamist militant belonging to the Hizbul Mujahideen group in Kashmir and the deaths of 16 people, protesting the militant's death, in clashes with Indian security forces.

The body of the slain Hizb commander was handed over to the family on Saturday morning for the last rites.

The death toll has now increased to 21 with over 200 people injured.

All of the deaths have been in south Kashmir near the hometown of 22-year-old Burhan Wani, who had become a poster-boy for the anti-India militants, but the current situation is unclear after phone and internet services were suspended and all routes to the area were blocked. The Amarnath Yatra also remained suspended for the second day on Sunday, although some stranded pilgrims were escorted to safety, according to ministry officials.

The disputed Kashmir region has seen its worst outbreak of separatist violence in years with at least 18 people killed, including a police officer.

Witnesses said tens of thousands attended his funeral on Saturday despite the curfew, chanting independence slogans and firing pistol shots in his honour.

Taking advantage of the outnumbered security personnel, demonstrators on Sunday set fire to the Sub Divisional Police Officer's office in Pahalgam, a court complex in Dooru and a police post in Qazigund in Kulgam.

In the wake of the violent protests in Kashmir after Wani's killing, Union home minister held a meeting in New Delhi on Sunday to review the situation in the state and spoke to chief minister Mehbooba Mufti, promising all possible help from the Centre.

"What the Indian forces are doing here is terrorism", Geelani said.

India-administered Jammu Kashmir has been on the boil for quite some time now as freedom groups keep demanding sovereignty from India while India rejects the demand as unrealistic. In this connection, a very high official from the police, Mr. Shiv Murari also committed in a press conference that eight people were killed during the protest as result of security forces fire on the mass funeral. Maintaining that the security forces have been asked to exercise restraint while handling protesters and been warned against the use of disproportionate force, Akhtar said, "The parents of these children, some of who are too young, also have a responsibility to keep an eye on them".

According to the police, dozens of police stations, police posts, paramilitary and army camps were attacked by the civilian protestors and numerous structures were set on fire. "The Government is trying to deal with that", he said.

Separatists have called for a valley-wide shutdown till Monday against Burhan Wani's killing.

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