New Delhi - The agency managing an Indian government Twitter account has been asked to explain after it tweeted an inflammatory poem about Kashmir. The poem, which appears to ask soldiers to shoot protesters in the Indian-held territory, went viral after being tweeted by the Digital India account.

It was later deleted but not before being retweeted by several people, including an opposition politician.

A Twitter user, Sarthak Garg, owned up to the "mistake" and apologised. His message was retweeted by Digital India itself.

The agency has been warned it may lose its contract, an Indian government official told BBC on Friday. He added that they had apologised for the incident.

The Hindi-language poem told the army to "lock the doors so no one could escape" and said "those who do not like it here can go graze buffaloes in Pakistan".

It made headlines in India, with many expressing shock.

Also on Friday, at least 40 people were injured in clashes at several places in Held Kashmir despite curfew being reimposed in many parts of the valley where normal life remained paralysed for 63rd consecutive day due to APHC-sponsored strike.

Clashes were reported from several places in Baramulla, Bandipora, Shopian and Ganderbal districts of the valley while peaceful protests were held at many others places, an Indian police official said. He said at least 40 people including some security force personnel were hurt in the clashes that began soon after Friday prayers at most of the affected places.

The clashes took place even as curfew was again imposed in many parts of unrest hit valley on Friday. Curfew was imposed in 14 police station areas of Srinagar and towns of Anantnag, Pulwama, Kulgam, Shopian, Pampore, Awantipora, Tral, Baramulla, Pattan and Palhallan as a precautionary measure in view of apprehensions of violent protests after Friday prayers, the official said.

There were also restrictions on the movement and assembly of people in rest of the Valley. Normal life remained crippled due to curfew and the shutdown call by Kashmiri groups against the killing of civilians in security forces’ action over the past two months.

While shops, business establishments and petrol pumps continued to remain shut during the day, markets in Srinagar and other places came to life late in the evening on Thursday in view of the 12-hour relaxation in the strike from 6 pm announced by Kashmiri leaders.