Indian police opened fire on protesters in occupied Kashmir (IoK) on Tuesday as small groups took to the streets in defiance of curfew orders, a day after violence in which 19 people died.
Officials said 4 people were wounded in fresh police firing in the northern district of Baramulla and in the outskirts of Srinagar, Indian Kashmir’s main town.
On Monday the disputed region suffered its bloodiest day in three months of unrest, with 17 protesters killed in police shootings. One police officer also died.
Clashes over the summer have left 88 civilians dead, mostly killed by the security forces.
Thousands of heavily-armed police and paramilitary officers enforced a round-the-clock, indefinite curfew across all major towns in the IoK valley on Tuesday.
Defence Minister A.K. Antony said on Tuesday the government was “pained” by the violence and admitted the situation was “very serious”.
He said that an all-party meeting would be held in Delhi on Wednesday, and the government would afterwards take a decision on whether to partially lift a 20-year-old emergency law that is despised by many in IoK.
“Before we take a final decision, we will take into confidence all the major parties so that everybody is involved,” he told reporters.