Kashmir is far from being peaceful. Just a day after curfew was lifted from the Valley, two protesters were killed and over 150 others injured in fresh clashes with security forces on Saturday.
The deaths occurred in two south Kashmir villages where hundreds took out demonstrations defying restrictions on the assembly of four or more people.
The restriction under Section 144 has been continued throughout the Valley, even as the government lifted the curfew.
Police officials said they resorted to fire tear gas canisters, pellets and charged cane to disperse the agitating mob.
At least 150 people were injured, with 50 persons sustaining pellet and teargas shell injuries, in South Kashmir areas alone, Greater Kashmir reported.
Several of whom were injured in Tukroo village of Shopian and Botengoo village of Anantnag, the police said. The two deceased civilians were identified as Sayar Ahmed Sheikh, 25, and Yawar Ahmed, 23.
According to police officials, Sheikh was hit on the head by a flying tear gas shell. Ahmed, according to health officials, received pellet injuries in his chest and abdomen during a clash. Both were declared dead on arrival at an Anantnag hospital.
With the casualties reported today, the death toll in the Valley has climbed to 77 in the ongoing turmoil that has rocked the Kashmir Valley since the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.