Protests rock Kashmir; 5 dead

The killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani has triggered a wave of protests across Kashmir, leading to the death of five more people on Sunday, including a policeman, taking the total toll to 20. Meanwhile the authorities have imposed curfew-like restrictions and suspended mobile and internet services. More 200 people, including several cops and security personnel, have been wounded.

Amarnath Yatra also remained was off for the second day.

The Jammu and Kashmir Cabinet, headed by Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, met and promised that there would be a probe to find out if there was any instance of disproportionate use of force by security forces. It implored the people of the state not to get instigated.

The state government also appealed to separatists, including Hurriyat Conference, and mainstream political parties to help restore normalcy “if they want peace in the state.”