Two youths were today killed during clashes between security forces and protesters in south Kashmir, taking the death toll in the ongoing unrest in the Valley to 78.
Sayar Ahmad Sheikh was hit by a tear smoke shell in the head at Tukroo when security personnel were trying to disperse a group of stone-pelting protestors, a police official was quoted as saying by local news outlets.
Restrictions are in place in the area under Section 144 of CrPC, which prohibits assembly of four or more people.
The official said Sheikh was rushed to the sub-district hospital at Rajpora where doctors declared him brought dead.
Another youth, Yawar Bhat, died in security forces’ action after protestors indulged in stone pelting at Botengoo in Anantnag district, the official said.
According to local media reports, with the death of two people today, the death toll in the unrest has now risen to 78.