Srinagar: Two men were killed in fresh clashes with security forces on Saturday in the Kashmir Valley that remained shut for the 64th day.
Police said the deaths occurred in two south Kashmir villages during pro-freedom protest.
Government forces fired tear gas canisters, pellets and cane charged the protesters, several of whom were injured in Tukroo village of Shopian and Botengoo village of Anantnag, police said.
The deceased were identified as Sayar Ahmed Sheikh, 25, and Yawar Ahmed, 23.
Sheikh, according to police, was hit on the head by a flying tear gas shell. The Shopian man was removed to a hospital where he was declared brought dead, a police spokesperson said.
Ahmed, according to health officials, received pellet injuries in his chest and abdomen during a clash. He was also declared dead on the arrival at an Anantnag hospital.
With this, the death toll rose to 79 in the ongoing turmoil that has rocked the Kashmir Valley since the July 8 killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.