More than 30 have been killed in Kashmir violence
[REPRESENTATIONAL IMAGE] The J&K Police has raided the offices of several newspapers and arrested its staffers as Mehbooba Mufti-led govt imposed media crackdown in state.Reuters

Three grenades were thrown by unidentified men at security forces in Pulwama district of Jammu & Kashmir on Sunday even as the death toll in the latest wave of violence in the state rose to 18.

Two of the grenades exploded injuring two soldiers while the third did not explode, ANI tweeted Pulwama Superintendent of Police as saying.

A J&K policeman was killed after a mob pushed a police vehicle into the Jhelum River in Anantnag district. "A mobile bunker of police was pushed into river by protestors and the driver (SPO Feroz Ahmad) in it has died," News18.com quoted Jammu & Kashmir education minister Naeem Akhtar as saying in Srinagar on Sunday. 

The death toll in Pulwama increased to 18 by Sunday evening in violent clashes between security forces and protestors in the Kashmir Valley that has erupted following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani on Friday afternoon in a joint operation by Indian security forces in Anantnag district.

Curfew has reportedly been imposed in all 10 districts of the Kashmir Valley as a precautionary measure, even as Rajnath Singh, Union Home Minister held a high-level meeting in Delhi to review the situation.

The commencement of the suspended Amarnath Yatra will depend on the improvement, if any, in the ground situation, according to a senior Jammu & Kashmir police official.

Meanwhile, a top security official said on Sunday that the encounter leading to Wani's killing was not known to J&K Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti in advance.

"It's wrong to make such statements because the Chief Minister is responsible for the entire state and our job is to keep her reporting about a situation...It doesn't mean that she sits with us and plans everything. These things are brought to her knowledge after the incident," ANI quoted S M Sahai, CID ADG as saying.

 Pakistan has "condemned" the killing of Wani. "The extra-judicial killing of Kashmiri leader Burhan Wani and scores of other innocent Kashmiris is deplorable and condemnable," the Dawn quoted foreign office spokesman Nafees Zakaria as saying. 

Also read