Police say three people have been killed in troubled Indian Kashmir as hundreds clashed with government troops during anti-India protests.

A police official, speaking on customary condition of anonymity, said that government troops fired live ammunition and used pellet guns to control the stone throwing and slogan chanting crowds Tuesday.

The Himalayan region has been extremely tense for almost six weeks since government troops shot and killed a popular rebel leader.

Tuesday's killings take the death toll in the recent weeks of protests to 63, including two policemen.

The region is divided between India and Pakistan and claimed in entirety by both. Anti-India feelings run strong in Muslim-majority Indian-Kashmir, where most people favor independence or a merger with Pakistan.