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India PM calls emergency meeting as Kashmir death toll rises

A Kashmiri woman pleads with Indian paramilitary soldiers to let her cross a temporary checkpoint during curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Curfew imposed in the disputed Himalayan region continues for the fourth consecutive day to suppress anti-India violence following the Friday killing of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir's largest rebel group. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)

A Kashmiri woman pleads with Indian paramilitary soldiers to let her cross a temporary checkpoint during curfew in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Curfew imposed in the disputed Himalayan region continues for the fourth consecutive day to suppress anti-India violence following the Friday killing of Burhan Wani, chief of operations of Hizbul Mujahideen, Kashmir's largest rebel group. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin)  (The Associated Press)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called an emergency meeting to discuss Kashmir's escalating violence amid anti-India protests that have left at least 28 people dead in clashes with authorities.

The protests erupted over the weekend after Indian troops killed Burhan Wani, the young leader of Kashmir's largest rebel group fighting against Indian rule in the Himalayan region.

Paramilitary troops and police in riot gear were patrolling villages and towns on Tuesday. Still, crowds ignored curfews to demonstrate in several places around the region.

Police said Tuesday that the death toll from the street violence had reached 28, after three young men died overnight. Hundreds of civilians and at least 100 troops have been injured.