One youth, identified as Yasir Sheikh, 23, from Batmaloo area in Srinagar was killed when security forces opened fire on protesters in the area on Monday.
Medical superintendent of Srinagar’s SMHS hospital Dr Nazir Choudhary told HT that the youth was brought to the hospital with a bullet injury.
This was the second death in the day, taking the toll in the ongoing crisis to at least 60. Earlier in the day, a youth from Tangmarg, 18-year-old Riyaz Ahmad succumbed to injuries sustained during a clash last week, at Srinagar’s SKIMS hospital.
Batamaloo remained extremely tense on Monday evening as the body was brought back to the youth’s home.
In another incident, a 10-year-old boy, Irfan Ahmad, was hit by a tear gas shell when security personnel were trying to disperse a procession in Bijbehara in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.
The district’s chief medical officer Dr Fazil Kochak confirmed the case to HT and said the boy was shifted to Srinagar’s SMHS hospital for treatment.
Earlier in the day, a CRPF commandant and two militants were killed in a gunfight near a famous Sufi shrine in downtown Srinagar as the country celebrated its 70th Independence Day. Eight security personnel were injured, one of them critically, as the militants opened fire at a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) patrol at around 8 am.