Three people were killed and 13 others injured when police opened fire on a mob trying to set ablaze a missionary school in Mendhar town of Poonch district on Wednesday.
Protesting the alleged desecration of a holy book in the US recently, a 3000-strong mob took out a procession in Mendhar town, 270 km from Jammu, and set ablaze the vehicle of a hospital en route, police said.
The protesters then headed towards a missionary school and tried to set it ablaze, which was prevented by the police.
In order to disperse the mob, police opened fire following which two persons died on the spot and 13 others were injured. One of the injured died on way to hospital, police said.
The deceased has been identified as Mohmmad Shamim (27), Abdul Irshad (19) and Alam Dar Shah (19).
The injured were rushed to a nearby hospital where some of them are stated to be serious. Some of the injured were later referred to Jammu for specialised treatment.
Officials said the mob also set on fire SDO, SDM, tehsildar and treasury office buildings and two police vehicles.
Thousands of people also held protests in Mandi town in the border district today.
Meanwhile, curfew continued in Poonch town for the second consecutive day without any relaxation.
Curfew was clamped in the town on the intervening night of September 13 and 14 in view of the tense situation following clashes between protesters and police that left 20 people injured on Monday.
Additional police and para-military forces have been deployed in the sensitive areas of the border town with strict curfew restrictions.
There were reports of demonstrations in Kishtwar, Doda, Bhaderwah, Rajouri, Ramso and Banihal areas of Jammu region and protest rallies were taken out on Jammu-Srinagar national highway at Ramso area.
However, there were no reports of any violence from these areas.
Prohibitory order continues in Kishtwar in the wake of violent clashes which left three persons, including a policeman, injured on Tuesday.