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SRINAGAR (Web Desk) – The death toll from clashes in Indian occupied Kashmir rose to 45 on Sunday, week after Indian troops killed the popular young leader of the largest separatist group fighting against Indian rule in the region.

The latest killing came as Indian forces gunned down a Kashmiri youth in Saderkote area of Bandipora district after peaceful demonstrations sparked by the murder of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani by Indian government forces on July 8.

The disputed territory has since been gripped by intensifying unrest.

According to reports, an unidentified lady was also injured in the firing in Bandipora district.

More than 3,000 people have been injured, including around 200 police, while hospitals have struggled to cope with the rush of injured protesters.

Hundreds have bullet wounds including many who suffered severe eye injuries caused by shotgun pellets fired by the police.

The violence is the worst since 2010 when huge rallies were crushed, leaving 120 dead.