An indefinite curfew has been imposed by security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir.
The curfew affects the main city of Srinagar and other big towns in the region. (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk)
It comes after many people were wounded when police clashed with mass protests against Indian rule on Saturday.
Following prayers to mark the end of the month of Ramadan, tens of thousands of people marched through Srinagar.
According to a new opinion poll, two-thirds of people living in the Kashmir valley would favour independence from India.
However, the survey conducted for the Hindustan Times newspaper, said that only 6% wanted the predominantly Muslim area to merge with Pakistan.
But the poll found that the desire for independence was not shared by people in the Hindu-majority Jammu and the mostly Buddhist Ladakh regions.
In a bid to enforce the curfew imposed after the previous day’s protests, on Sunday, armoured vehicles and police patrolled the streets of Srinagar and other major towns in Jammu and Kashmir state.
Public squares were sealed off with steel and barbed-wire barricades.
In the meantime an influential separatist leader has been accused by the police of treason for allegedly inciting Saturday’s violence.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the head of the moderate faction of the All-Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC), asked tens of thousands of worshippers at prayers marking the festival of Eid al-Fitr to protest against Indian rule.
As the demonstrators marched to the historic centre of Srinagar, a government building and a police checkpoint were set on fire.
The protesters were carrying green Islamic flags and chanting slogans demanding antonomy and freedom.
On Sunday Farooq denied provoking violence. He told the Associated Press that the accusation was a “desperate attempt to dilute the political significance of Kashmiris who gathered… demanding their right to self-determination”.
If convicted of treason, he could face a death sentence or life in prison.
In Kashmir, the APHC is an umbrella organisation of separatist groups which campaigns peacefully for an end to India’s presence.
Since June, seventy people have been killed in the region, which has been a flashpoint between India and Pakistan for more than 50 years.