India deployed thousands more federal police across Kashmir on Tuesday after one of the worst single days of "state" violence ans threatened to shoot anyone defying rigid curfew imposed in Himalayan Valley.
Police firing killed seventeen civilian protesters during anti-India and Koran demonstrations in the disputed region.
Meanwhile, Indian police are patrolling the streets of Kashmir,
using loudspeakers to announce that curfew violators would be shot on sight.
Heavily-armed police patrolled the streets of summer capital Srinagar on Tuesday, Reuters said.
In the northern town of Baramulla Indian-based police attacked on Kashmiri protesters early on Tuesday.
Soldiers retaliated to protesters by firing shots in the air and launching tear gas shells, wounding three protesters, said a police officer.
All flights to Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir state, were cancelled amid security impositions.
The latest deaths are a huge challenge for India and the federal government, which has been criticised for failing to treat the protests seriously.
On Monday, thousands of people in the Kashmir valley defied a curfew to set fire to a Christian missionary school and government and police buildings to denounce reports that copies of the Koran had been damaged in the United States.
One policeman was also killed in the incidents. At least 75 civilians were also injured.
Protests against Koran burning
"This violence was in the backdrop of a telecast by a foreign (news) channel about the desecration of holy Koran," Kuldeep Khuda, Kashmir's police chief, told reporters on Monday evening.
Kashmir has witnessed massive demonstrations against Indian rule in the last three months and police have killed at least 87 protesters.
Kashmiris, who have grown up with house raids, police killings and army checkpoints, feel increasingly angry at Indian rule and champion street protests.
While U.S. pastor Terry Jones dropped his plans to burn Korans, there were at least two incidents of damage to Korans in Lower Manhattan in New York Saturday. Two evangelical preachers not affiliated with any mainstream church burned two copies of the Koran in Tennessee.
Ban on TV
A majority of Kashmiris favour independence for the region, according to polls.
Iranian TV reports were aired in Kashmir on Sunday about alleged desecrations of the Koran - a grave insult to Muslims who believe the Koran to be the literal word of God.
Local authorities later banned the station from broadcasting on cable channels in Kashmir, where there was already anger at since-rescinded plans by a Florida pastor to burn the Koran.
A prominent Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Geelani called for calm and for Christians to be protected.
India has imposed the Armed Forces Special Powers Act in four districts of the region, giving Indian army and paramilitary troops sweeping powers to open fire, search houses, detain suspects and confiscate property, as well as protecting soldiers from prosecution.
Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has urged the federal government to withdraw the act, but has met with strong resistance from the Indian military.
Indian security forces have been accused in the past of human rights violations, including rape and extrajudicial killings.
Authorities deny any systematic violations and say all reports are investigated and the guilty punished.
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