Burhan aftermath: Death toll mounts to 19

Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday appealed for calm as four more people died in continuing protests against the killing of a top militant leader, taking the death toll to 19, IANS reported.

A crowd overran a bullet-proof police vehicle and rolled it down into the Jhelum river at Sangam in Anantnag district, drowning its constable driver while other policemen fled the scene, said government spokesperson Naeem Akhter.

Forces shot dead two demonstrators at Litter in Pulwama district after a huge crowd took to the streets shouting anti-government and pro-freedom slogans, IANS quoted sources.

Irfan Ahmad Malik, 17, was also killed on Sunday in firing in Pulwama district after a curfew-defying crowd staged protests, a senior police official said.

The latest fatalities took the death toll in two days of widespread clashes between protesters and forces in the Kashmir Valley to 19 — 18 demonstrators and one policeman.