Clashes erupted in Soura locality of Srinagar on Wednesday after forces launched a crackdown in the area.
The residents said that a crackdown was launched in Anchaar area of Soura after Fajr (morning) prayers.
"Several youth were beaten to pulp by forces," they alleged.
They said that people took to streets to protest against the forces' high-handedness.
Forces resorted to teargas shelling and aerial firing to break up the protests, triggering massive clashes.
Several protesters, according to residents, had taken shelter inside the Jenab Sahab (RA) shrine to escape the forces' "wrath".