Indian police patrolled the streets of occupied Kashmir on Tuesday, threatening to shoot anyone defying a rigid curfew imposed on the region a day after troops battled protesters in the streets in violence that killed 19 people.
The region has been wracked by anti-India protests throughout the summer, but the chaos Monday – exacerbated by reports of a Quran desecration in the United States – was the deadliest here since large-scale demonstrations began in June.
In an attempt to prevent another round of violence, police and paramilitary soldiers drove through the deserted streets of the main towns of Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK), using loudspeakers to announce that curfew violators would be shot on sight.
But scores of demonstrators took to the streets of Baramulla, north of Kashmir’s main city Srinagar, and hurled rocks at police.
Soldiers retaliated by firing shots in the air and launching tear gas shells, wounding three protesters, said a police officer speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the media.
In overnight protests, demonstrators set fire to a police vehicle in Charar-e-Sharief, 30 miles (45 kilometers) southwest of Srinagar, police said.
The death toll from that violence rose to 19 on Tuesday, including 18 demonstrators and one police officer.