Protester dies in Kashmir: Police

Protester dies in Kashmir: Police

Security personnel stand guard on a street in Srinagar. (AFP Photo/Vikar Syed)

A protester died after being chased by police during a curfew in Srinagar, a police official said on Wednesday.

The death was confirmed by police after the government passed a presidential decree on Monday stripping the Muslim majority state of its longstanding semi-autonomous privileges.

Despite a paralysing curfew, imposed to head off unrest, sporadic protests have been reported by residents in Srinagar.

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A police official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that in one incident a youth being chased by police "jumped into the Jhelum river and died."

The incident happened in Srinagar's old town which has become a hotbed of anti-India protests during the three-decade-long insurgency in Kashmir that has left tens of thousands dead.

A source told AFP that at least six people have been admitted to hospital in Srinagar with gunshot wounds and other injuries from protests.

Police insist that Kashmir has been mainly peaceful since the curfew was imposed at midnight on Sunday.

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