Kashmir Mob Drowns Policeman

Kashmir Mob Drowns PolicemanKashmir Mob Drowns Policeman

There are fears of more violence in Indian-administered Kashmir, after a policeman drowned when his car was pushed into a river, police say.

However, some accounts said the car was not pushed into the river, but fell in after the driver lost control in an attempt to avoid stone-pelting mobs.

At least 30 people have died and many have been injured in clashes over the death of a popular separatist rebel. Burhan Wani, 22, died in a gunfight with the Indian Army on Friday, BBC reported.

The violence that erupted after his death is the worst seen for years in the restive region, claimed in its entirety by both India and Pakistan.

Kashmir has been a flashpoint for more than 60 years, sparking wars between the countries.

Within the disputed Muslim-majority territory, some militant groups have taken up arms to fight for independence or a merger with Pakistan.

The last bout of serious violence in the region was in the summer of 2010, when more than 100 people died in anti-India protests, which broke out after police shot dead a teenager.

The policeman, identified as Feroz Ahmad, is among more than 20,000 “irregulars” who are used to provide additional manpower during operations in Kashmir.

BBC correspondent Riyaz Masroor says tensions remain high on Monday, with crowds attempting to violate curfew orders.

The Indian government has reached out to political parties and separatist leaders in the state, in an attempt to restore calm.