SRINAGAR - One protester was killed on Wednesday in fresh clashes with security forces armed with shotguns in Indian-held Kashmir which is reeling from weeks of deadly violence.

As Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrived in the disputed region to discuss the unrest with local political, business and other leaders, thousands of residents rallied in Pulwama in southern Kashmir.

Indian security forces fired tear gas and shotguns to disperse the crowd which had defied a curfew to gather on the streets, said local police superintendent Rayees Mohammad Bhat.

“This youth died of (shotgun) pellet injuries,” Bhat told AFP.

At least 14 other protesters were injured in the clashes , said a doctor at a leading hospital in Srinagar where they were taken for treatment.

Held Kashmir has been under a curfew since protests broke out over the death of popular young rebel leader Burhan Wani on July 8 in a gunfight with Indian security forces.

Some 66 civilians have been killed in clashes between protesters and security forces, and thousands more injured in the worst violence to hit the Himalayan region since 2010.

Many of those injured have been hit in the eyes with pellets, causing partial or complete blindness.