New Delhi: The violence in Kashmir, despite an already-imposed curfew, has escalated to the point of emergency in the state. 34 people have been killed in the protest reverberating across the valley following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

With more than 1,500 people injured in the protests between the Indian security forces and the protesters, the government is bent on transforming the restive situation in the Mehbooba Mufti state. Despite the CM’s entreaty towards alleged separatist elements in the state to not resort to violence and strife, her requests have been unheeded so far.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier chaired a high-level party meet to discuss how to tackle the situation in Kashmir without putting the lives of innocent civilians at risk. Security forces’ heavy clamp down upon protesters in the state are being criticised by many while others are defending the government’s stance towards separatist elements in the state.

Burhan Wani was a Hizbul Mujahideen commander who was widely known across the valley for recruiting youths through social media. He was killed in an encounter with the Indian security forces on 8 July 2016.