Two young men were killed in the fresh clash between security forces and the protesters in south Kashmir’s Shopian and Anantnag districts. The death toll has climbed to 77.
A police official told NDTV that Sayar Ahmad Sheikh,25, was hit by a tear smoke shell in the head in Shopian when security personnel were trying to disperse a group of stone-pelting protesters. He was declared brought dead when he was rushed to the hospital. Another man, the 23-year-old Yawar Bhat, died when security personnel fired pellet guns in Anantnag district, the police official said.
Army personnel stand outside the civil secretrait in Srinagar a day ahead of the flag march to be conducted in south Kashmir. Express Photo
Expressing her grief over the deaths, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said that it was extremely saddening.
“Another youth killed in Shopian and it is extremely saddening. The doctors who are working in the valley are doing it 24 hours, without going home,” she said. The Valley has been in unrest after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8. Over 12,000 civilians and security personnel have been injured till now. The valley has been observing a separatist-called shutdown for over two months.