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Kashmir unrest: Death toll rises to 15 in clashes over Burhan Wani’s killing

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Srinagar : Jammu and Kashmir remained on edge as the death toll of civilians in the clash with security forces has reached 15, as three more succumbed to their injuries after protesting against the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

Earlier, 12 civilians were killed in the clashes a day after Burhan Wani and his two associates were killed in an encounter in Anantnag.

One among the deceased drowned in local area while fleeing. More than hundred protesters have also been injured in the clashes across Kashmir.

A local hospital (SMHS) in Srinagar received around 70 injured civilians, most of them with bullet injuries.

State Intelligence chief S M Sahai told that three police personnel were missing while 96 security force personnel were seriously injured.

Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has chaired a high-level meeting to review the law and order situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Home Secretary Anil Goswami, Joint Secretary (Kashmir division) Gyanesh Kumar, Intelligence Bureau (IB) Chief Dineshwar Sharma and senior Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) officials are present at the meeting being held at Rajnath’s residence in the national capital.

The Centre has reportedly rushed 12 companies of CRPF to Kashmir to assist the local administration in maintaining law and order situation in the area.

Rajnath had said the Centre is working with the State government to bring normalcy in the valley. In a tweet, Singh appealed to the people to remain calm and maintain peace.

The mobile internet and train services are suspended in the valley and the Amarnath Yatra remains temporarily suspended and around ten thousand pilgrims are reportedly stranded at Jammu.

CBSE has postponed the UGC-NET exam scheduled for today in Srinagar. The new date of examination will be announced later. (ANI)

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