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The State government has ordered a mobile phone shutdown in Kashmir fearing more violent protests . Pictured:" Policemen form a chain across a road to stop a protest march by Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), a Kashmiri separatist party, in Srinagar February 28, 2014.[REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE]Reuters

In a fresh spate of violence, 12 security personnel were injured on Monday night when a grenade was hurled at them in Nowhatta, a downtown Srinagar locality.

"Jawans were deployed on law and order duty in the area. 12 jawans suffered injuries but these are very minor injuries," a senior police officer was quoted as saying by the NDTV. The attackers managed to flee after throwing the grenade.

Sources told NDTV that the security forces were withdrawing from the law and order duty when the incident took place.

The district administrations have meanwhile imposed strict curfew-like restrictions in all the districts of the valley after at least 30 people were reported to have been killed since Saturday in the valley. More than 250 persons were injured and are now being treated at various hospitals. 

The violence broke out after top militant commander of Hizbul Mujahideen outfit Burhan Wani was killed by security forces on Friday in Anantnag district of South Kashmir. 

Even as Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and former chief minister Omar Abdullah appealed for calm, the protests broke out in various parts of the valley.

The separatist groups led by the All Parties Hurriyat Conference have called for a shutdown for two more days across Kashmir.

With internet facilities already snapped in many areas, the authorities have also ordered a ban on mobile phone services in many areas.

People complained of shortage in essential supplies as the shops, banks, ATMs and other commercial establishments remained closed.

I need to send my children money. They are studying outside Kashmir. But looking at the situation, I don't think I would be to do that," Hilal Ahmad, a local, told the International Business Times India.

Principal of Government Medical College, Srinagar, Qaiser Ahmad on Sunday declared a medical emergency in all the government hospitals and cancelled the leaves of the doctors and paramedic staff in view of the huge rush of patients.

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