Shoot-at-sight orders were on Wednesday issued in Kishtwar town, rocked by communal clashes over the Amarnath issue, even as fresh violence erupted in Srinagar with protesters pelting stones at security personnel in several areas in the city.
The toll in two days of violent protests in Kashmir Valley over the "economic blockade" rose to 21 with three persons wounded in police firing succumbing to their injuries early on Wednesday, official sources said.
Incidents of stone pelting by protesters were reported from Safakadal, Nawakadal, Fatehkadal, Karan Nagar, Natipora, Chanapora and Bemina areas in Srinagar city, they said.
Despite these incidents, curfew was relaxed in the city to allow people to buy essential commodities, they said. There were no reports of violence from other parts of the curfew-bound Valley.
Curfew has been clamped in all the ten districts in the Valley, for the first time in 13 years in the wake of the violence. 12 people died in firing by security forces on Tuesday in Srinagar, Bandipora, Gandarbal and Anantnag areas. Six people died in police firing on Monday.
In Kishtwar town, hit by communal clashes, shoot-at-sight order were announced over public address system installed in police vehicles and people were asked not to venture out of their homes, officials said.
Security forces maintained a tight vigil and strictly enforced the curfew in the town, about 250 kms from Jammu. Two persons, including a 13-year-old boy, were killed on Tuesday and over 30 were injured in police firing, communal clashes and a grenade blast there.
Additional contingents of army, CRPF and police, which have been deployed in Kishtwar, were patrolling the town, officials said.
Of the more than 30 injured, nine of them were brought here and admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital.