Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Sunday chaired a cabinet meeting to review security situation in the state, as the valley is on the boil in the wake of the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Buhran Wani.
Union home minister Rajnath Singh too chaired a high-level meeting to review the law and order situation in the valley as well.
Home secretary Rajiv Mehrishi, 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 Srinagar.
The meeting comes in the wake of the soaring violence in the valley as the death toll in the clashes between security forces and protestors has reached 17, as three more civilians and a cop were killed.
At least 100 protesters suffered bullet, tear smoke and pellet injuries on Saturday.
Violence erupted in south Kashmir districts of Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam and later spread to other districts in the valley after security forces killed Wani and two of his associates in Bamdoora (Kokarnag) village of Anantnag district on Friday.
Wani was buried in his native Shariefabad (Tral) village on Saturday where nearly 40,000 people gathered defying curfew restrictions to take part in his funeral prayers.
The separatists have called for a valley-wide shutdown till Monday to protest against Wani’s killing.