International desk – The death toll in violence in Indian State of Kashmir rose to 32 with three more people injured over the past days died in Srinagar hospital, officials and media reports said Tuesday.
Tension heightened between India and Pakistan amid the violence following the killing of a top militant that prompted the authorities to impose curfew in the Kashmir Valley.
Indian media reported police opened fire hitting two civilians in embattled Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti’s hometown Bijbehara in southern Kashmir, which has accounted for all the deaths bar one since Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed by security forces on Friday.
At least 31 civilians and a police driver have been killed in clashes between the security forces and angry young demonstrators across the Kashmir Valley since Saturday.
Police, however put the death toll at 23 and there was no report of deaths on Monday.
Clashes, however, raged on in many parts of the valley as young men armed with rocks defied prohibitory orders to hurl stones at police and paramilitary pickets paralysing normal life across the valley, a Bangladeshi journalist visited the scene said.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif called for a plebiscite in the ‘occupied’ Jammu and Kashmir. India asked Pakistan to worry more about human rights abuses in parts of Kashmir it controls.
Radio Pakistan quoted Sharif as saying that the ‘massacre of citizens by Indian forces and use of brutal force against Kashmir is regrettable’.
Indian Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju said Pakistan should worry more about human rights violations in the ‘occupied Kashmir’—Indian euphemism from Pakistani Kashmir than in the valley.