2 killed, 25 injured in Kashmir protests

Curfew lifted from entire Valley

Srinagar—Two people died and at least 25 others were injured Saturday as government forces fired tear gas and clashed with protesters demanding freedom from Indian control in held Kashmir.
A police officer said a young man was killed when police and paramilitary soldiers tried to stop protesters from marching to a village in Shopian district.
In another incident, a 25-year-old man died from pellet injuries in Anantnag district following clashes between police and protesters.
Meanwhile, Indian authorities in held Kashmir lifted the curfew from entire valley after 64 days while the normal life remained affected as at least 93 persons have been killed and several others injured in clashes.
Many of those injured have been hit in the eyes with pellets, causing partial or complete blindness.
A prolonged curfew, communication blackouts and a tightening crackdown have failed to stop some of the largest protests in Kashmir against Indian rule in recent years, triggered by a rebel commander’s killing on July 8.
Since then, tens of thousands of people have defied security restrictions, staged protests and clashed with government forces on a daily basis to seek an end to Indian rule. — Agencies

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