SRINAGAR: The state government in Indian Kashmir said on Wednesday it had ordered a judicial probe into the recent deaths of 17 people in clashes between anti-India protesters and security forces.

A stone flies past a group of Kashmiri’s as they hold a protest in Srinagar. PHOTO: AFP

Kashmir valley has been wracked by angry demonstrations since June 11, when a 17-year-old boy died after being hit by a police tear gas shell. Since then another 16 people, many of them teenagers, have been killed.

Two retired judges will “inquire into all 17 incidents in which fatalities had occurred on account of action by the security forces,” a government statement said.

The inquiry will submit its report within three months.

The government also said it would review the cases of all people detained recently for taking part in the protests.

A 20-year insurgency against Indian rule in Kashmir has left thousands dead in a region where anti-India sentiment runs deep.

New Delhi has blamed separatists and militant groups for instigating the latest unrest, while many locals see it as a spontaneous reaction to abuses by security forces, economic stagnation and political deadlock.

The valley has been under strict curfew since the protests started in early June.